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John Hawkins03.09.16 7:22 am
Hi John, another even more compelling case could be made by comparing the price of Milk to Bottled Water.
I have seen bottled water for sale at around $3.50 a litre.
I did once suggest to a farmer who was buying into the Meander Dam irrigation scheme that he would make far more money by selling the cows and bottling his irrigation allowance.
He was a bit shocked at the revelation that milk was cheaper than water in the shops.
With milk worth less than bottled water, spare a thought for my sharemilker boss who, on Wednesday, called the vet to help calve a cow presenting with 3 legs and a head. 1st vet arrived at around 2 pm, tried her best, and called for reinforcement, who arrived about an hour later. Vet 1 left to complete vet 2’s job elsewhere, and returned about 1 hour after that. Both vets then tag teamed to remove the calf, finishing around 7:30 pm. Thought should also be given, along with mighty praise, to vet 2, who had preg tested 450 beef cattle prior to arriving at the dairy. Heifer is doing ok today. Not so sure about the vet.
Given it has cost several hundred dollars to raise the heifer to this point, that heifer will need to milk for many years to be a profitable cow, and she certainly will not want to get mastitis.
I do not know what the boss pays for a vet callout, but 15 minutes in the surgery and a single dose of antibiotics for the cat cost me $126 a month ago. Too much of that sort of expense and with milk already hardly worth the effort to produce and you can see how people loose heart and give up.
I know what I would like to see done with that stupid hand the Coles twits wave around while shouting “down, down”.
It costs a lot of money to take all the goodies out of the farmers’ milk to end up with what is really only an unbalanced mixture of milk-coloured water in the supermarket.
Some Tasmania farmer has recently been threatened with closure of his farm if he keeps giving real milk straight from the vat to his guests, because some ‘Doctor’ says “it might kill someone.”
In that case ‘Doctor’, how come it’s legal to sell alcohol, cigarettes, sugar, salt and all the other additives KNOWN to cause cancers and death?
When I milked cows and drank all I wanted from the vat (including the yummy cream that settled on top) I stopped getting hayfever. Go figure!
Doctored milk, like that sold in supermarkets, is much more risky to your health than that straight from the farmers’ vat.
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