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Lodi-area dairies feel the pinch of reduced prices and lower demand

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Posted: Friday, February 6, 2009 10:00 pm

Cathy Kaehler maneuvers a well-worn and embattled golf cart among the herds of dairy cows that populate her family's Lodi farm. Uncertain about the future of the business that has consumed her family's life for the past 50 years, Kaehler mutters, "I'm getting too old for this."

Kaehler, in her faded blue coveralls and with her grumpy and protective Queensland heeler Izzy by her side, devotes 12 or more hours of her day to a farm that is running non-stop. Kaehler's 700 cows require milking twice a day, making the line to the milking machines an endless procession. The recent decline in dairy prices has placed an even heavier burden on Kaehler and the other dairy farmers in San Joaquin County.

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  • posted at 3:28 am on Sun, Feb 8, 2009.


    Got Milk?

  • posted at 3:27 am on Sun, Feb 8, 2009.


    In what appears to be the result of extraterrestrial encounters, dairy farmers are reporting a rash of cow disappearances in Californias heartland*. Eyewitnesses claim to have seen alien beings combing cow pastures for what they call a magic white serum that enhances bone strength, promotes muscle recovery, prevents cavities, and takes the edge off insomnia and PMS. This wonder tonic is exactly what weve been looking for, declared one alien scientist in a recent interview. Thanks to DA-IRY, our brittle-boned, sleep-deprived citizens will have relief, at last.** Reports linking extraterrestrials to cows, inspired GOT MILK? creators - The California Milk Processor Board (CMPB)

  • posted at 3:07 am on Sun, Feb 8, 2009.


    I'm bothered by the fact that milk is $4.19 a gallon at out little canned foods store, yet when we buy milk for our food distribution for our needy families at Smart& final, it's only $2.30 per gallon if you buy two. It sounds to me like you're stuck in the middle of a situation you can't control and that the powers to be are manipulating you. I feel for you and your plight being stuck in the middle and the one taking it in the shorts.

  • posted at 3:33 pm on Sat, Feb 7, 2009.


    Once the Global Warming proponents have Obama initiate the cow farting tax, you can forget about reasonable priced dairy products or even having any at all.

  • posted at 11:31 am on Sat, Feb 7, 2009.


    I wonder what would happen to dairy farming if the government were to be taken out of the loop. You know, compete in the free market driven by supply and demand. Until they do, I think they need to quit griping about how much they can suckle from the governmental udder.

  • posted at 11:19 am on Sat, Feb 7, 2009.


    Mad Dog, your comment was not wasted. Hehe.

  • posted at 6:36 am on Sat, Feb 7, 2009.


    This is a very MOOVING article.

  • posted at 6:18 am on Sat, Feb 7, 2009.


    WTF - Good post, my Wife and I have been buying organic dairy products for the last seven years. Milk, cheese, half & half, sour cream, cottage cheese, ect. We buy at Trader Joe's for best deal on any and all organics.

  • posted at 3:19 am on Sat, Feb 7, 2009.


    For the smaller dairies, they might want to consider transitioning to becoming an organic dairy and join the Organic Valley Cooperative - if they aren't organic already - the article didn't say. Organics usually favor small owners - farmers, dairies - and people are willing to pay more for a better, cleaner product; but there are strict guidelines regarding being an organic dairy farmer.

  • posted at 1:14 am on Sat, Feb 7, 2009.


    Mark,If the dairy produces approx 6300 gallons daily how can they ship approx 1200 gallons daily?

  • posted at 1:08 am on Sat, Feb 7, 2009.


    Mark,Check your math buddy. After some quick google research I find milk weighs between 8.5 and 7 lbs. per gallon. Whole, milk, 2%, slim , non fat etc.



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