And get ready for either $10 gallons of milk or massive dairy subsidies. Conservatives will complain about either one despite their own policy being the root cause.
#85 | POSTED BY JOE
Great, another idiot lib that has never stepped foot on a farm and has zero understanding of ag is going to lecture us on milk prices. Here is some quick knowledge so next time you don't embarrass yourself as badly:
Current milk prices are current $17/hundredweight (about 9 gallons) - this is the price that the producer gets. So, it costs under $2/gallon for raw milk. Your price on the shelf might be $3.50 so the packaging, distribution, and store mark up is ~$1.50/gallon. So, for $10 milk, we would need the cost of production to rise to $8.50/gallon, or increase by 425%. So, let's do some calculation on if this would occur without illegals:
A rule of thumb is that it takes 1 worker equivalent for every 60 cows. A cow on average produces ~2,700 gallons/year. So, each worker produces 162,000 gallons. Assuming a 50 hour work week, that comes down to 60 gallons/hour.
If we increased wages by $15/hour, that would add a whopping $0.25/gallon to the producer cost. Now, this increase is small to the end consumer, but it would make a large 3,000 herd operator non-viable - their costs would increase over $2M/year. However, it would allow smaller family farms to compete and stay in business.