When visitors come to our dairy or in talking with people about our farm, I’m often asked “Where can I buy milk products from your cows?”
Today, people want to know who produced their food. They like to see a label with the name of the farm where the product originated. While it’s easy to grow and sell fruits and vegetables directly from farmer to consumer, it’s not that simple when it comes to dairy products.
To see the whole process, watch the video Ohio Dairy Farmers Milk From Farm to Fridge
Dairy product labels do not site a specific farm because each dairy product is made with milk from
many farms. Dairy producers have no say in what products are made from their milk, how these
products are produced, packaged or distributed, where they are sold, or the sale price.
When you see the price of milk, cheese or other dairy products change, it’s not because the dairy
farmer decided to alter the price of raw milk. We dairy producers have no control over the price we
are paid for milk. If our production costs increase, we can’t pass those costs on to the processor or consumer. We are price takers. Click here to learn about how dairy farmers are paid for milk.
Based on my experience talking with people, most are not aware of all the steps involved in milk
products from farm to store shelf or how dairymen are paid for milk. Many, including news reporters, believe dairymen set the price for milk. This is not the case. Some think dairy producers have control over products or packaging or labeling. We have no say in any of those things. We must depend on milk processors to make the delicious products consumers want.
If you want to support our farm and other dairy farmers, buy dairy products. Any dairy product. All dairy products go through the same testing and regulatory process to make sure they are safe and wholesome for your family. Thank you for consuming dairy!