July 14, 2009

Killing cows as milk prices decline

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The Billings Gazette reports a national “kill-off” of more than 100,000 cows with more to come due to milk profits hitting a 25-year low. So far, Montana farmers aren’t killing their cows, but just over the border in Idaho, farmers are being paid 10 cents for every 100 pounds of milk taken out of production via slaughter. Western states account for nearly 40,000 of the dairy cows turned to hamburger so far.  “Yet consumers aren’t seeing steep discounts and might not as dairy cooperatives work to take 2 billion pounds of milk off the market,” writes Tom Lutey.

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