Tuesday, January 22, 2013

State cheesemakers hope to profit from chaos in California

We'll have to see how this pans out.  I know CA dairy farmers were upset that they were getting less money for their milk even though feed prices have hit the roof.  This would be sort of a double whammy.
If California cheesemakers are forced onto a level playing field, sales of Wisconsin cheese — estimated at about $5 billion — could increase by $200 million, according to a top dairy industry executive from Wisconsin.

“It could be very significant,” said David Fuhrmann, chief executive officer and president of Foremost Farms, a Baraboo-based company that is Wisconsin’s No. 1 cheese producer. Foremost makes cheese and other dairy products for sale worldwide.

At issue is that California sets its own milk prices, and those prices are usually lower than those paid in the federal system followed by most states, including Wisconsin.

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