A couple weeks ago I found out that the dairy that produces the milk I usually buy is going out of business. Mallorie's Dairy has been in business for 56 years. They also bottle their own milk. The prices of feed has gone up over 50% which makes it harder to make a profit, no thanks to the economy, world wide and state. Corn, which is in food for cows, is used to produce ethanol, which goes into cars we drive, unfortunately. It's put into our gas, thanks to the government. It decreases our gas mileage. Stipulations hurt the farmers who are trying to make a livelihood for their families by feeding people. They can't make ends meet when cost per gallon is $1.56 and cost for production is over $1.65. After 2 years there's no point in it. I feel for these people who have given a good portion of their lives, some of them, to dairy farming and now watch it go away. If this can happen to a dairy farm that has been loved by their stores they sell to, what is going to happen to the other dairies? Are we now going to need to get milk from dairies out of state? Drink synthetic milk (don't go there!)
Why do I feel their pain? I grew up on a farm and I know what it's like to have your dad and mom sell their farm that had been in the family for years.
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