Re: [gardeners] butter

Allen and Judy Merten (
Tue, 27 Oct 1998 09:46:11 -0600

Hi Margaret,
    Once again I think that you are right. I know that beef prices at the
markets never reflected that farmers and ranchers were disposing of herds of
cattle at prices lower than ever this summer.

Margaret Lauterbach wrote:

> At 06:47 AM 10/27/98 -0600, you wrote:
> >Hi Gardeners,
> >    Might this be a reflection of dairy farmers having to reduce herds
> >from the drought and/or higher feed/hay cost that they are trying to
> >recover?
> >Allen
> >
> >Liz Albrook wrote:
> >
> I don't think so, Allen.  Just charging what the market will bear.
> Remember a few years ago when dairy farmers were paid to destroy their
> herds?  More dairies and dairy cattle now than ever before.  Idaho produces
> millions of gallons of milk daily that are trucked (!) to southern
> California.  Biggest problem facing dairymen is how to dispose of the
> abundant poop and liquid wastes that threaten to wash into waterways.
> Christmas approaches, people want to bake things using butter, so it's a
> good time to raise the price of butter.  It will rise again just before
> Easter, I betcha.  Margaret