As I read a post by a fellow dairy blogger Emily Zweber, Zweber Family Farm News, Organic Milk Shortage, Why is it Happening? I could relate to what the organic farmers are going through; high feed costs make it difficult to be profitable. Traditional dairy farmers are facing the same feed cost issues. “2011 is the highest for dairy feed costs since we began keeping records,” says Jim Dunn, professor of agricultural economics at Pennsylvania State University.
I wish all dairy farmers, organic and traditional, were paid more for the milk they produce. We are all dealing with purchasing very expensive corn, hay, soybean meal and other feedstuffs (the result of increased demand for corn for ethanol). As traditional milk producers, we face many of the same challenges organic producers deal with. We are all dairy farmers who care for our cows with the goal of producing a quality product.
If there's no organic milk available at your grocery store or you don't want to pay $8/gallon for milk, I hope you'll purchase traditional milk. I can assure you traditionally produced milk is healthy, nutritious and comes from well cared for cows that live on family farms. I would rather you choose cow's milk than a non-dairy beverage like soy or almond. Check out my blog It's Not Milk.
|Our cows walking from the barn to the milking parlor|
Here’s what fellow dairy bloggers say about organic and traditional milk:
Liz and Amy, Two Maids a Milking, So, what kind of milk do you drink?
Nancy Grossi, The Wife of a Dairyman, Organic vs Conventional Dairy FarmsDino Giacomazzi, Dairy farmer, What's the difference between organic and regular milk?
I’ve also written a few blogs on the topic:
Milk is Milk - The Comparison
What’s the Difference between Traditional “Regular” Milk and Organic Milk?
It’s important to remember milk is milk. When you purchase milk, you support family dairy farmers. Thank you!