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Discussion in 'Pigs' started by Firefly, Jul 13, 2006.
$4/ gallon is pretty low for good raw milk, imo. If I sold it, which I can't, I'd price mine at around $7/ gallon. Up your way milk prices are better than down here. Here the coop is paying about $11.5 /100 #, up there from what I've read it may be closer to $16/ 100# then they get charged fees on top of that.
If the milking parlor is clean and I trusted the man, I think the price is very fair but imho I would buy from someone with just one cow to milk and give personal attention to. I would not buy raw milk for my personal consumption from a commerical dairy unless I personally knew the people.
As for negotiating, I'm not the one to give lessons. I have a huge problem myself and am now only learning to state a fair price and stick to it. When I approach a person to buy, I ordinarily pay the asking price unless I know for a fact I can find the identical item cheaper. I don't like to haggle and am really turned off by people who try to shave off money from a fair price. There are those who set the price high in order to come down but I prefer to deal with people who price fairly to begin with.
If you find a hay source....also find a milk goat or two and get your own milk
A good goat will keep for about $40 a month (hay and grain) with a bale at $3 and grain at $8. 10 bales=$30+a bag and 1/4 $10....1 gallon a day=30 gallons for $40 plus labor
No goats! Aint' gonna happen here, I like them but they are way too much trouble. I'd consider a Dexter cow, though.
I was thinkign about this post and I didn't come across as I intended. I agree with you, Marcia, I hate to haggle too, no matter which side of the deal I'm on. What I am worried about is like what happened to you at the auction, where you were the buyer but ignored becasue you're female. Like what happens at the auto mechanic when they see a woman alone walk through the door. This plus my being a stranger is why I'm nervous about these dealings. I shouldn't have mentioned the milk; milk is not the issue.
I inquired about some goat milk raw to feed our pigs to make weight for fair and was quoted 2.25/quart...yes, that is $10/gal.
You go Firefly! I was gonna say "Beware the Goats!" I loved my herd but they were so much trouble, on the cars, in the crawlspace (they knocked out the door and went to pee and poop beneath my house twice :flame: )not to mention that a good dairy goat that is trained to milk is expensive and will need a companion and to be bred twice a year. But some people do very well with them. For milk, I highly suggest a COW!!! :dance: :baby04:
Well there I just plain sympathize with you. I'm new here too and I'm a single woman (gasp!). I've been screwed over by two plumbers, the bridge builder, and a couple of other folks to the tune of around $4K. Being a single woman and new in the rural South is tough. I had ideas that it was easier in the North Be careful of the old married men. I've an old married neighbor who has given me plenty of inappropriate attention, enough to anger his wife, spread gossip all over this tiny community, and make me change my phone #. At one point I would be telling him to leave me the hell alone and would have to hear her telling me that he was HER husband (a man older than my father would be if he were still alive) :flame: I threatened them both with a restraining order. She found my new number and apologized about everything. His wife and I have become friends now but the old man has made it a hobby to "help" me. He likes the attention this has given him in the community. He was the one escorting me throughtout the auction that day and conducting my business for me and recognized by the auction owner as my representative when I was sitting right there. He's meddled in my affairs several times and calls me once or twice a day. He shows up unnanounced at 7 in the morning sometimes. His wife is aware of it all. I've asked him to stop, I've gotten angry at him and yelled, and I've been point blank and rude. One day I will just blow up. His wife is looking forward to it.