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#1 Old 04-27-2019, 10:49 AM
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Milk Sales Drop by More Than $1 Billion as Plant-Based Alternatives Take Off

As different plant-based milk alternatives continue to grow tremendously in popularity, dairy farmers are seeing a significant decrease in sales of traditional cow milk.

According to the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), the sales of milk dropped about $1.1 billion last year; 2018 closed with net sales totaling $13.6 billion, compared to 2017’s $14.7 billion.

DFA’s President and CEO, Rick Smith, called 2018 a “challenging” year for dairy farmers, per Fast Company, which added that the cooperative of farmers blamed not only the popularity of vegan milk alternatives, but also low milk prices for the 7 percent drop in sales.

And it makes sense why the farmers may be quick to blame the growing trend of dairy alternatives: In 2017, the market size of dairy alternatives was estimated to be around $11.9 billion, with experts predicting that the number could swell to more than $34 billion by 2024 (and, honestly, if you saw how the world — or at least NYC — handled Oatly’s oat milk shortage, well… you’d understand why these numbers aren’t exactly hard to believe).
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#2 Old 05-07-2019, 09:30 AM
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Not all good news.
As dairy farms fail, the first ones to go are the small ones. So a larger percentage of the dairy farms are the large ones.

The number of dairy farms has been decreasing. but the number of cows per farm has been increasing.

It doesn't take that much induction to realize that best cared for cows are going to be at the small dairy farm. And the worst conditions are going to exist at the larger farms.

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#3 Old 05-07-2019, 02:39 PM
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Mr H, all the more reason for not only you or I to support ANY of the dairy farms, but also for noone to support any dairy farms. Anyone trying to convolute the issue by saying that vegans are supporting the mistreatment of large dairy farms has it backwards, it is really only more reason for others to stop supporting the entire practice. I also question the idea that smaller dairy operations are any less cruel than their larger operations. I visited a small dairy when I was younger for a long weekend, the cows did not look very happy and the number of workers was so low that the cows were covered in feces that was so caked on I doubt it could ever be taken off. The smaller the farm, the fewer the workers. And at the end of the day, the baby boys are killed or sent off to be raised for beef, and when the cows' production slows they are killed as well, not that I need to reiterate this stuff on a veg*n board.

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