Less Milk Drinking Turns Cows into Hamburgers

TURLOCK, Calif. -- Hundreds of thousands of America's dairy cows are being turned into hamburgers because milk prices have dropped so low that farmers can no longer afford to feed the animals.

Dairy farmers say they have little choice but to sell part of their herds for slaughter because they face a perfect storm of destructive economic forces.

At home, feed prices are rising and consumers aren't eating out as often. Abroad, the global recession has cut into demand for butter and cheese exported from the U.S.

Prices for milk now are about half what it costs farmers to produce it, and consumer prices are falling.

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