Skip to comments.Milk Could Go Up 60 Cents a Gallon (Put the blame right on cheese)
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.
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I think this calls somehow for more government intervention. Price supports and subsidies or something like that. </sarcasm>
We can take some of the price pressure on milk off by drinking more beer. Beer is probably healthier for adults anyway.
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.
It’s Bush’s fault!
It’s the democrats war on children.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Wensleydale is a premium cheese. Its certainly not cheap here.
And its pretty good too. Wallace is quite right to be apprehensive.
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.
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.
I could be wrong, but I have a faint recollection of hearing that lactose-intolerant people can eat cheese without lactose-related problems.
Then in responding to market demands they will produce more milk, right?
is there any real cheese in Velveeta?
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.
Yes, but beer emits CO2.
As a carbon emitter Beer is killing the planet
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.
The milk protein concentrate means Uncle Sam forbids it to be called a cheese. So it’s called a cheese something.
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 !
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.
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.
wont this only affect “The Children” who eat three boxes of cereal a week?
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.
Milk prices here in Wisconsin have already jumped almost a dollar in the last couple months.
It has to be that Chinese cheese.
I noticed that here milk and gas are finally the same price.
For awhile, just recently, gas was cheaper than milk.