shortages? thoughts?

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My problem around here is the Industrial Ag taking over.
The small dairy farmer is being shut down because the dairies don't want to deal with their smaller production amounts.

maybe they can find a cheesemaker or start a co-op with other small local dairy folks?

sometimes there is a way to work through such changes. at least i sure hope so.
 

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One reason small farmers can't compete is "regulation compliance" that make even more expense for already small profit margins. Some storefronts would prefer to buy from a local source but between their regs and the farmers, they often can't.

Milk is an example. In all but a couple states, you cannot sell raw milk. In most of those, you can use raw from your own animal. Thus we have "herd shares", where you buy into ownership, pay a fee, use your own milk that farmer gets from a group owned animal, that's living on his farm. 😁
 

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Wild birds - typically waterfowl. Backyard keepers were told to keep flocks covered to protect from wild bird poo falling from the sky

i understand this for smaller backyard flocks and smaller operations but i was mainly wondering about the largest places that do chickens and many of them that i've seen are not exposed to the outside at all. the birds are kept confined completely inside so there shouldn't be any exposure to the birds outside unless someone is somehow transmitting the disease in on their shoes or clothes and that means they're not doing things properly for such a vulnerable population even after they've been warned that the disease is around.
 
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