By Paul Schmitt
Flat milk prices so far this year has left some area dairy farmers less optimistic about the 2017 outlook. With initial estimates calling for a possible $2 increase for this year, Rich Olson from Olson Family Farm and a member of the DoorCountyDailyNews.com Ag Advisory Board says the market has been flat in the first quarter of the year.
Olson says the upward swing in milk prices in 2016 has stalled and that the slight increase in supply and the less than optimum demand has kept prices at or below $18 per hundredweight. The good news for dairy farmers is that the demand for cheese and other dairy-related products remain strong, according to Olson.