By Tim Kowols
Farmers in Door and Kewaunee County hope large-scale organic dairies in Texas do not begin eating away at their bottom line or the quality of their product. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, six organic dairy farms in western Texas produced over 480 million pounds of milk in 2016, which was almost 25 percent more than Wisconsin’s over 450 operations combined. This could lead to some dairy product producers to lean towards buying the cheaper product from Texas over local farms. Organic Valley has over 2,000 farms nationwide it gets its milk from, including seven in Door and Kewaunee Counties, and farmer Kevin Wilke of Sturgeon Bay says their concern is that everybody plays by the same rules.
Organic farmers are also seeing the price of their milk drop, which according to DairyHerd.com was at approximately $40 per hundredweight in 2016 and went down to $27 per hundredweight by the end of 2017.