Got Milk?

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

Prices of milk are going down, but the cost to produce it is still high. A tough challenge for local dairies. "Milk goes up and down depending on where the fuel is," says Graff Dairy owner David Nichols.

He's worked in the dairy industry for 30 years and says the dwingling economy has affected prices at his local milkstore. When the cost of gas rose, it affected all aspects of production, "From milkers, cows, feed, cleanup and there's energy costs involved."

No matter the cost, most people would rather give up their cafe latte than their leche. To keep up with the costs, some dairy farmers have attempted to cut corners using the needle. Using a syringe to increase milk production, called Bovine Growth Hormone.

The chemical is completely legal to use in the United States and it can increase production of more than 10 pounds of milk per cow, per day! After several studies, the FDA have not found any evidence that the hormone is dangerous to people.

Still, Nichols refuses to use the hormone, not only does he not want to see what the long-term effects of the chemical will be, for the cows and consumers, but he doesn't want anything to affect his milk's quality.


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