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In our area, consumers would like to buy milk produced locally. That's hard to accomplish when processors have national names and brands. I know of only one or two private processors left in my state. All others have been bought out by a national processor and then have closed down, eliminating the competition.
Fluid milk in the Southeast is rBST-free. If you ask consumers at a grocery store about that, the majority don't understand what you are talking about. They assume that if they are purchasing local, it is a safe product. We need to spend more advertising dollars to educate the public about our nutritious, wholesome product.
Several years ago we applied for and received some grants to build a methane digester. A feasibility study determined that operating the digester would cost three times what we pay for electricity. We wanted to be dairy farmers, not an electric company.
I'd love to have a small, private fluid plant in our area that we could sell our milk to and provide the community with a truly local commodity. The way the federal milk marketing system is set up, it will not happen -- unless you have developed a niche product exclusively for your area where you can process and market it yourself.
|Phillips' April Prices
|Milk (3.5% bf, 3.0% prt):
|Alfalfa hay (if you can find it):
|Soybean meal (48%):