Isnít it great that Chenango County has a growing business providing jobs for a lot of people? But wait, some of us in dairyland arenít celebrating yet. What happened to getting the raw milk to the plant from dairies that are close? It seems that Chobani has an exclusive contract with DFA and if you donít belong, forget it. They claim they have to go out of State to get more milk, paying more for it.
There are dairies right here in Chenango County that are not getting a fair shake, dairies that are struggling to stay alive; we donít need to put on more cows per farm, we need to be included.
Frankly, Iím getting tired of having to write and rewrite about the problems facing dairy farms in New York.
I have found out that producers that send to Chobani pay for trucking to New York City, do you know how many extra miles that is? Plenty! Also, producers that send milk from Bainbridge to Walton are also paying for trucking to NYC. Is this fair? I think not. How do we fix this? Iím at a loss to see how our farmers are being cheated out of their money by unscrupulous middle men.
Years ago to get us to switch to bulk tanks from cans, they paid for the tanks, we did not have to pay for trucking at all. Letís try and get the Co-Operatives to pay for the milk at the farm. They know the weights and the farmer should not have to pay anything after the milk leaves the farm.
We would all like to get on the bandwagon and make a fair price for our product, and not be excluded from the yogurt explosion.