NEW GLASGOW A recent hike in the price of milk has left a sour taste in some Pictou County residents’ mouths.

As of February 1, the cost of milk in Nova Scotia went up five cents a litre. A litre of white milk is now selling for $1.87. A two litre carton is $3.73, up 10 cents. And a four litre bag is now $7.11, up 20 cents.

The increase is more than just milk money to Margie Fraser. She runs a babysitting service out of her home in New Glasgow, where she cares for three of her neighbour’s children, plus two of her own. She says she purchases fo pandora ur four litre bags of milk a week, which ends up costing her close to $1,500 a year.

“I, like many moms, am on a budget,” she says.

“I will definitely notice a difference when I get to the cash resister. But what can I do? I have to buy milk.”

With the price increase, Fraser will spend roughly $41 more on milk this year than last.

“It may not seem like a lot of money to some, but it means a lot to me if the prices keep going up.”

The cost of milk rose six cents a litre in 2007 and four cents a litre in 2006.

The increase is necessary in order to ensure local dairy produc pandora ers and processors get a fair return on their labour investment and to ensure consumers are provided with an adequate supply of quality dairy products, says Chantal Paul, chief of communications for the Canadian Dairy Commission.

For dairy farmers, the recent increase will mean 2.95 cents more a litre of fluid milk in their pocket and 0.70 cents more a litre for industrial milk used to make products such as yogurt, cheese, butter and skim milk powder.

“The change is a result of increasing costs for farmers,” says Jeanne Cruikshank, Vice President of the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, Atlantic, which represents Sobeys, Super Store, Co op and Costco. “Things such as electrical increases and fuel make it tougher for producers.”

Nova Scotians pay among the highest prices for milk in the country. According to The Canadian Dairy Commission, this is a result of many factors such as manufacturing, transportation, distribution and packaging costs.

Dairy farmers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edwa pandora rd Island, Ontario and Quebec get 88 cents per litre for their fluid milk. Farmers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia get 79 cents per litre.

As for Fraser, she says she’ll come up with her own way to cut cost.

“Maybe I’ll resort to powdered milk like they did in the old days,” she says. “It’s cheaper.”

The primary mandate of the Canadian Dairy Commission is to provide efficient producers of milk and cream with the opportunity to obtain a fair return for their labour and investment. corporate producers over a family owned farm, for example. This qualification further begs the question why Nova Scotia producers are classified as efficient when the CDC readily admits that NS milk prices are high relative to the rest of the country because of inefficiencies with the local industrys manufacturing, transportation, distribution and packaging costs. The NS milk industrys inefficiencies are merely being passed on to the consumer.

If milk actually has more may or may not be the case. A growing body of evidence is showing that the hazards of milk consumption may actually outweigh the benefits. a public that has been conditioned to believe that milk is nature’s most perfect food. It is a particularly hard sell when emotional issues such as the dietary needs of pregnant women and young children are placed front and centre by the industry.

Okay before my last comment gets taking the wrong way it was to be taking as a joke just because of the situation westville is in but back to the situation we have with milk prices it’s not that big of a deal almost expected look at the price of fuel dairy farmers are up at 5am to milk cows and are still milking at 8pm cows are milked atleast twice most times 3 times a day cost of fuel is amazing you run a tractor to plow feilds, plant and harvest grain, hay, selig cost are going up for them too!! i worked on a farm and honestly i don’t know how farmers do it no it wasn’t a dairy farm but none the less they have to survive too as to the big up roar of 5 cents a litre come on i have a 2 year old and go though 12 16 liters a week so there is $1.20 1.60 what’s that work out to a year let’s see $62.40 83.20 not a huge deal at the worst that’s 2 tanks of gas come pandora one we have bigger problems than a 5 cent a litre milk increase and i could make that back if i let my child drink pop pepsi is always on sale 97 cents for a 2 litre but milk is better for him right? Did anyone take notice of the price of vegetables and fresh fruit yeah expensive no one complaining there cause it’s healthy last time i checked so was milk well except what Sebastian Ronin has to say ok i’m done rambling now have a good day and drink your milk it’s good for your bones