The trend of milk prices is slowly going in a positive direction for area dairy farmers. Plagued by a depressed milk market the past few years, local farmers are cautiously optimistic that the gradual upward swing in prices for milk will continue. Jim Wautier of Church Site Farm in Brussels says there has not been much change this summer, but the slight increase is better than the alternative.
According to Hoards’ Dairyman as of mid-July, the price of August Class I fluid milk was $17.89 which was up 71 cents from last month. The price was at a little more than $15.00 back in January of this year. Record high milk prices peaked in 2014 before steadily declining through 2018.