bigbull338 wrote:weve been though all of the down cycles in the 70s 80s an 90s.an sold out 6 months before the cycle went back up.an when it went up the cows went from $1200 to $2000.an they was paying high an wide for the cows an heifers.so yes now is the time to jump in 80 cows now would cost $80,000 or less.but a man could tough it out.we made it though $9 feed an $10 milk before.
Bull...only problem now is you have $12.50 or higher feed and $9.50 a hundred-weight mailbox price on milk. That's 82 cents a gallon to the dairyman. Milk checks at many dairies are not even covering feed bills, let alone all the other expenses. Dairies with NO debt are shutting the doors in this area every day or digging into savings just to keep current on bills.
Many good dairy cattle are being sold at packer cow prices so a fellow can't even afford to sell out.