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Milk Could Go Up 60 Cents a Gallon (Put the blame right on cheese)
NBC News ^ | 2/18/14 | Ben Popken

Posted on 02/18/2014 4:14:21 PM PST by Libloather

Dairy analysts estimate store milk prices could go up 60 cents in March, reaching their highest ever.

"The cupboards are dry," said dairy economist Mary Ledman.

Blame cheese. Short supply pushed cheese to a new peak in January, going from $1.80 to $2.36 a block. That jump is driving the March increases for "fluid milk."

Moreover, in early 2013, farmers responded to higher feed costs by cutting back on herd growth. Coupled with growing international appetite, especially from China, that's led to tighter supplies and higher prices.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cheese; gallon; milk; snow
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1 posted on 02/18/2014 4:14:21 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

I think this calls somehow for more government intervention. Price supports and subsidies or something like that. </sarcasm>


2 posted on 02/18/2014 4:16:04 PM PST by glorgau
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To: Libloather

We can take some of the price pressure on milk off by drinking more beer. Beer is probably healthier for adults anyway.


3 posted on 02/18/2014 4:18:03 PM PST by buwaya
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To: glorgau

Milk prices fluctuate a lot. Higher prices make it worthwhile for more dairies to sell milk when other factors limit farm production. When farm production rises, prices fall but also more milk is sold. It’s not any big panic. Though if it ever did become a big panic we’d scarcely know it next to all the other things our dear liberal friends get all excited over.


4 posted on 02/18/2014 4:18:58 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you. See my page.)
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To: Libloather

It’s Bush’s fault!


5 posted on 02/18/2014 4:21:31 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: Libloather

It’s the democrats war on children.


6 posted on 02/18/2014 4:22:16 PM PST by Track9 (hey Kalid.. kalid.. bang you're dead)
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To: Libloather

Blame cheese.

"Not Wensleydale!"


7 posted on 02/18/2014 4:23:55 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Libloather
Coming soon to a cheese shop near you.


8 posted on 02/18/2014 4:26:07 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: HiTech RedNeck

They have cows in China don’t they? Can’t they make their own cheese? Are they totally helpless? They’re sending rockets to the moon and building aircraft carriers, but they can’t raise cows?


9 posted on 02/18/2014 4:31:29 PM PST by virgil
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To: virgil

I do notice the mention of China. Chinese diets are not typically high in dairy. Lactose intolerance is a widespread condition in the Orient, hand in hand with this. This does sound odd.


10 posted on 02/18/2014 4:35:06 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you. See my page.)
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To: glorgau

Seems like a trial balloon as milk and dairy products are heavily subsidized by the Governments (state and fed).

A 60 cent jump in milk would surely have to be at the blessings of Obama.


11 posted on 02/18/2014 4:41:40 PM PST by Usagi_yo (Standardization is an Evolutionary dead end.)
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To: virgil

Not a lot of cows in China.
Oddly enough they do have considerable marginal grassland/pasturage in many parts towards central Asia that maybe could be used for ranching.


12 posted on 02/18/2014 4:43:09 PM PST by buwaya
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To: COBOL2Java

Wensleydale is a premium cheese. Its certainly not cheap here.
And its pretty good too. Wallace is quite right to be apprehensive.


13 posted on 02/18/2014 4:46:36 PM PST by buwaya
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To: Libloather

Did anyone see a cheese shortage? Was anyone denied Velveeta dip during the Super Bowl? No, I didn’t think so. This is all hoopla and price manipulation.


14 posted on 02/18/2014 4:48:00 PM PST by bgill
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To: buwaya

Far away from the regions where most Chinese live, though. They’ve been buying American milk. And American dairies have been happy to sell to them. If this keeps up, there will be more dairies in the USA. We could do worse.


15 posted on 02/18/2014 4:48:32 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I could be wrong, but I have a faint recollection of hearing that lactose-intolerant people can eat cheese without lactose-related problems.


16 posted on 02/18/2014 4:51:06 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Libloather

Then in responding to market demands they will produce more milk, right?


17 posted on 02/18/2014 4:52:11 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: bgill

is there any real cheese in Velveeta?


18 posted on 02/18/2014 4:53:51 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: DuncanWaring

Come to think of it I have heard that too. Cheese cultures tend to convert lactose to more digestible sugars.

I’d think the cheese would be produced here and then shipped to China. It would be more economical. States like Wisconsin must be happy.


19 posted on 02/18/2014 4:55:42 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you. See my page.)
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To: buwaya

Yes, but beer emits CO2.

As a carbon emitter Beer is killing the planet


20 posted on 02/18/2014 4:56:39 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: GeronL

Milk, water, milkfat, whey, milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, sodium phosphate; contains less than 2% of: salt, calcium phosphate, lactic acid, sorbic acid as a preservative, sodium alginate, sodium citrate, enzymes, apocarotenal (color), annatto (color), and cheese culture.

[courtesy Wikipedia]

The milk protein concentrate means Uncle Sam forbids it to be called a cheese. So it’s called a cheese something.


21 posted on 02/18/2014 5:00:52 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you. See my page.)
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To: bert

Ah, but overall annual global warming emission per gallon may be lower than for milk, due to cow flatulence factor. We need a proper net carbon/methane balance analysis, but I think beer will win.

I suspect that you may be able to sell carbon credits for beer consumption. Stranger arguments have been made after all. If you end up making money of this tip, you’re welcome !


22 posted on 02/18/2014 5:01:19 PM PST by buwaya
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To: Libloather

Farmers face higher feed costs mostly because of government rules / regulations. Ethanol, made mostly from Corn in the US, is highly subsidized because it is an “alternative, renewable” fuel. Corn farmers get more money from ethanol corn than food corn. Hence, less food corn, causing less supply, increasing cost. Why do we have to go through this every time? The principle of supply and demand never changes.


23 posted on 02/18/2014 5:41:46 PM PST by Dapper 26
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To: buwaya

Beer is probably healthier for adults anyway.”

When my daughter was pregnant she had a real problem keeping anything down during most of the nine months. Her OB-GYN did recommend that she drink one glass of beer every day. Seemed to do fine after that. Mom and baby, now 23, were fine. And no, it didn’t turn the baby into an alcoholic. As a matter of fact, he rarely drinks and doesn’t care much for beer.


24 posted on 02/18/2014 5:42:50 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Libloather

wont this only affect “The Children” who eat three boxes of cereal a week?


25 posted on 02/18/2014 5:56:02 PM PST by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: buwaya

I was in the Chinese countryside and saw NO cows - the countryside was white with ducks - a sea of white ducks. It is only this duck that is used to make Peking Duck. A guide told me the chef can take all the bones out of this particular type duck through a wing.


26 posted on 02/18/2014 6:30:50 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Milk prices here in Wisconsin have already jumped almost a dollar in the last couple months.


27 posted on 02/18/2014 6:39:20 PM PST by virgil
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To: virgil

It has to be that Chinese cheese.


28 posted on 02/18/2014 7:02:16 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you. See my page.)
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To: virgil

I noticed that here milk and gas are finally the same price.


29 posted on 02/19/2014 8:21:29 AM PST by sheana
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To: sheana

For awhile, just recently, gas was cheaper than milk.


30 posted on 02/19/2014 12:05:31 PM PST by virgil
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