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July 03, 2006


Sean Pecor

Regarding dairy production, we get whatever we deserve for sitting back while processor consolidate, squeezing dairy farmers to the point where the only way to put a little money in their pocket is to find new ways to increase output. The truth is we have a milk glut in this country, there is too much milk being produced. The dairy farmer makes nothing. If we want good natural milk then the federal government should place a tax on dairy products, the proceeds of which should go directly to dairy farmers. Short of forcing dairy processors to break up to encourage a competitive market where there are multiple processors bidding for milk, this is the only solution. Then dairy farmers can concentrate on making good wholesome milk and keep their farm and household bills in order. Allow people living below poverty level to get a tax credit refund on dairy taxes paid.

I hate this issue partly because PETA card carrying fundamentalist vegans come out and try to pin any reported potential ill health effects to dairy in general. It's very hard to be a casual Vegan and not suffer calcium and iron deficiency, the latter giving vegans that excess-fluid-swishy-transparent-skin look that is oh so attractive. Of course it can be done, responsible vegans are as healthy as the healthiest meat eaters, but do we really want Joe Average quitting meat and dairy cold turkey? I don't think so.



I'm happy to say that our "dairy" experiences are behind us. We had a Guernsey cow named Rosy. I spent a lot of years milking her by hand. She gave almost three gallons each milking so we had to have a "milk route," for our unpasteurized milk.

The milk was especially popular during strawberry season which happens to be right now in the part of Canada where we lived. The cream content was amazing, and the cream was a dark yellow with any color added. It was also delicious. Of course Rosy was regular tested, and I was very carefully about the milking, but I could never see myself being a dairy farmer.

In Canada milking was strickly regulated, you had a quota and that's all the milk you can produce. That was twenty plus years ago so I don't know the deal now, but I'll have to check it out. At the time the dairy farmers were the most prosperous ones in Canada. Of course our milk was expensive compared to US milk, but maybe it was worth it.

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