Milk prices have been low since spring. That may be great for consumers, but it’s making things tight for dairy farmers.

“Prices have been down for a while,” said Philip Ball of Ball Dairy on North Liberty Road. “You have to figure it out and do what you can to make ends meet. Feed prices have been a little lower, which helps, but margins are tight so you have to watch your expenses and take care of your cows.”

His family has been dairy farming for 40 to 45 years and he’s been involved for 20, since he got out of school. He’s in the process of taking over running the farm from his father.

Chris Phillips, the fourth generation of his family to be running Fawnacres Farm on Sparta Road, where he milks about 130 Holsteins, had similar comments.

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