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Would you pay $7 for a gallon of milk if we fall off the dairy cliff?

Holy chimoley. Here they go again in Washington.

We are from the dairy state originally (Wisconsin) so yes, I would be forced to pay whatever the price of milk is. I already pay about $4.59 per half gallon of Kalona Supernatural organic milk, so I can't imagine what their price hike would be.


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  1. I already pay $8. I don't drink milk really and SO is lactose intolerant, so I buy half gallons of Lactaid for $4.19.

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    1. re: juliejulez

      Horizon Organic is regularly $4/half gallon here, so yeah, I already pay it too. I don't think this would affect organic prices, however, because I wouldn't expect the Feds to take organic status into consideration when offering to buy up the milk. But I'm no expert at all.

      My brother's family buys conventional milk because their kids go through so much, though, so it's going to be hard on families.

      1. re: ennuisans

        That's true, everyone I know with kids drinks a decent amount of milk. I remember growing up my brother would do up to a gallon a day when he was playing football. $8 a gallon would have made my parents go broke!

    2. no, but cheese different matter

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      1. I already pay $6 and I would pay $7.

        1. What the story did not mention is the ridiculous way milk is priced with the current farm bill and the 1934 dairy law and the 1949 dairy law. 

          Federal dairy laws pay dairy farmers more per hundred-weight for milk the farther the producer is from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The law was passed to encourage dairy production in all parts of the U.S. before there was refrigerated transportation available. 

          A dairy farmer in Arizona or California gets paid much more for his milk than does a Wisconsin or Minnesota dairy producer. I've seen the Arizona desert irrigated to grow alfalfa to feed the dairy cattle. 

          Whatever happens with federal dairy laws must include a change in this pricing policy, it is an  inequitable law.

          1. Yes.

            I have no problems spending more than $7 for other food items so why would milk be different? But that's me.

            I'm aware that it will pose additional hardship for low income families on tight budget and whose children go through a lot of milk. Not sure what the best thing to do for that situation.

            1. In that case I would go to my local farm and buy their raw milk. It's $5 a quart but a big improvement over grocery store brands. Right now grocery is so cheap that it's a no-brainer if you're on a budget, but if they push it up then fine, the choice is simple for me.

              1. Since I primarily use condensed milk, I am already paying $14 a gallon. For me, $7 would be cheap.

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                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                  But maybe condensed milk will fall off the cliff too?

                  1. re: coll

                    My experience has been that the price has not gone through the cycles reflected in regular milk prices. It just steadily goes up.

                2. I don't personally drink milk but I use other dairy products in copious amounts. So I guess I'd bite the bullet and pay.

                  1. I see more Soy or almond milk in my future.....

                    1. We can buy milk for $2.59 a gallon, and even at that price we don't go through too much milk anymore.

                      1. When milk costs more than beer, we may have to lower the drinking age to 6.
                        "Hey mom, while you're up..."

                        1. We drink a gallon a day when my daughter's home from college. I cringe at our current price in NY of about $4.70 (for grocery store milk, nothing fancy). It would hurt to pay $8, but I probably would.

                          1. I'm already paying $5.99 for organic milk at Trader Joes and I make kefir every day at home so yes, I would continue to buy it.

                            Quality dairy and meat are things I'm willing to pay for. I grow a lot of our veggies and could always increase the amount to offset the increase in dairy cost.

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                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                              I'm with you, weez. Food is our numero uno priority. I am a cancer survivor so every single thing we eat or drink is thoughtfully purchased, and we grow a lot of our own veg in the summer too.

                              I am encouraged--in a way--to see the number of CH'ers who will continue to buy milk. I actually reversed bone damage (due to medications) thru diet and weight bearing exercise, so milk and yogurt are an important part of my daily routine.

                              My concern is with those less fortunate. As John E posted above, the Farm Bill is a total disaster and is not likely to be fixed in this do-ABSOLUTELY-nothing Congress. Wenonah Hauter of Food and Water Watch (and author of the excellent "Foodopoly" out earlier this year) talks about this all the time. With cuts in food stamps and fewer resources for the needy, this could be devastating to those with young children whose bones and bodies are developing.

                              They will probably just do another temporary fix, like they do for everything nowadays, so somebody else down the road can do the hard work to fix it.

                            2. To all Canadians reading this thread, our supply management scheme with all its warts does have its advantages. Right now in Ontario 4L of 1 or 2% is at $4.09 and whole milk $5.09.

                              Will revised U.S. farm bills bear on other commodities as well?

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                              1. re: DockPotato

                                I would certainly think so, Dock, but it is a very complex issue and I'm no expert. Food and Water Watch is very well versed on the history and flaws of the Farm Bill, since it's inception decades ago, which was conceived and written by corporate CEO's.

                                I met Wenonah Hauter, director of F&WW and author of the excellent book "Foodopoly," released last spring and she briefly explained how the outdated, burdensome, complex, unfair and ancient Farm Bill first came together.

                                I don't expect it will be fixed in any way, shape or form, but will be kicked down the road for some future generation to deal with.

                                1. re: DockPotato

                                  Yeah, we subsidize sugar as well, don't we? Not to mention corn (ethanol)

                                  1. re: DockPotato

                                    And in Canada, good cheese is $40-80 per kilo!!! That's about a buck a bite or more. Maybe the new quotas will lower the prices.

                                  2. I'm in NC where the price of a store brand gallon of milk is almost $5.00..Since my kiddies left home about five years ago, a gallon of milk will last me two weeks. I don't buy it regularly but I do buy cream and half & half quite a bit so I suppose I'll continue to do so. What I don't get is my daughter lives in the desert (AZ) where there are no cows and she told me she bought a gallon of milk for $1.87 today; she says milk is always cheap there....something is wrong...

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                                    1. re: Cherylptw

                                      There tens of thousands of dairy cows in the desert. There are also tens of thousands of irriggated acres of alfalfa grown for feed. The dairy producers in Arizona get paid much more for their milk than do midwest dairy priducers.

                                      The reason the milk is cheap in the grocery stores is because the grocery stores use milk as a loss leader to get people into the stores. Many states have dairy laws forbidding such discounting of milk prices.

                                      1. re: John E.

                                        My state must be one of the forbidden states

                                        1. re: John E.

                                          Minnesota has the law saying the store cannot discount it below the cost of production and milk can still be found for $2.59 a gallon.

                                      2. Gross, no. But I'd die if I couldn't have cheese! I'd prob have to settle for Hickory Farms or Velveeta - since it's not real cheese.