Low milk prices, glutted market put strain on dairy farmers

In this Thursday, April 30, 2015 photo, cows feed in a barn at Eildon Tweed Farm in West Charlton, N.Y. This is shaping up as a challenging year for all U.S. dairy farmers, who enjoyed record high milk prices and low feed prices last year. But it’s especially challenging for farmers in small marketing groups independent from regional or national dairy cooperatives. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

WEST CHARLTON, N.Y. (AP) – This is shaping up as a challenging year for all U.S. dairy farmers, who enjoyed record high milk prices and low feed prices last year. But it’s especially challenging for farmers in small marketing groups independent from regional or national dairy cooperatives.

Two farmers’ groups in eastern New York were recently dropped by a New York City dairy processor that had been buying their milk for years.

David Wood runs a thousand-cow dairy in Saratoga County. He says he’s currently selling milk for less than it costs to produce it, but he hopes prices will recover in the fall.

The state Department of Agriculture and Markets says there’s an oversupply of milk because of increased production, sharply lower exports and declining sales of fresh milk.

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