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31 January 2019 | USA

Struggling US dairy farmers look to Canada for advice

After four years of low milk prices, dairy farmers in both California and throughout the nation are looking to ease their industry’s depressed economy by taking a cue from their neighbors up north.
The California Dairy Campaign this week welcomed dairy farmers from Canada to their annual meeting, who shared with members how they balance milk supply with profitable demand. The dairy farming sector in Canada operates under what is known as supply management, which ensures farmers receive a fair return, derived completely from the marketplace, on their capital and labor costs.
Milk prices paid to dairy farmers have been well below production costs for years now in the U.S., CDC Executive Director Lynne McBride said. Milk prices have dropped to $14 per hundredweight, compared to $25 per hundredweight in Canada.

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