Timmy ElsewhereJune 21, 2009 Tim WorstallTimmy Elsewhere1 CommentAt the ASI. Farming getting ever more efficient is the key to having a civilisation at all. previousEuphemismsnextChecking search volumes 1 thought on “Timmy Elsewhere” Pamela June 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm Whoa. Tim. I’ve never seen you miss a point like this. If it costs 22p to produce what can be sold for only 19, I don’t think ‘efficiency’ is the problem here. These farmers aren’t just dealing with falling demand – they’re dealing with commodity prices. I don’t know about the UK/EU but here the highest cost for dairy farmers is labor. Guy doesn’t have that cost, so if the same economic stresses as in the U.S. pertain, their next highest cost is fuel/energy, then feed. Dairy farmers in the Northeast US have been our clients for over 20 years. I know this business. And I would like to point out something else that may not be obvious about that sentence you excerpted. “Years of genetic engineering and dietary supplements mean increased milk yields and fewer cows; Well, maybe. If BST is used, an individual cow my produce more milk over a given period of time. But the stress on the animals is such that they don’t live as long and contract mastitis (infection of the udder) more frequently, so have to be taken offline more often. Robbing Peter to pay Paul. And I would really like to know more about what the hell happened to that co-op. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.