By Paul Schmitt
Although the suppressed milk prices continue for area dairy farmers, they did get a little bit of good news this past week. According to Hoard’s Dairyman, the June Class I (fluid milk) price went up 81 cents in May to $15.25 per hundred weight. Despite being six cents lower than a year ago, Jim Wautier of ChurchSite Farms in Brussels says he doesn’t expect milk prices to change much this summer.
According to the USA Today, Wisconsin lost about 500 dairy farms last year with the milking herd of cows being down twenty percent from five years ago. The retail price of a gallon of whole milk is $2.81, which is down from the high of $3.87 in 2007.