Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Price Increase, ROUND 2

Grain prices are skyrocketing right now. With the drought this summer decimating corn crops, the prices of all grains are going up. Most other grains and crops tend to follow the corn pricing, so wheat prices are going up, soy bean prices are going up - essentially, all the parts that go into our poultry feed are getting expensive, and getting there fast.

We have to raise prices. We just raised the prices on our egg products, and that took effect already. But we have to raise prices on our meat products, too. That means chicken, turkey and duck prices must go up.  Click on the "Prices" tab to see what the current prices are.  I hope this doesn't scare anyone away, but we can't do what we do without being able to make a small margin on it. As it is, farming is a difficult practice. Big Ag and the government subsidies they get drag food prices down so low, that when small farms like us try to get a fair price for the food we create, people balk.  We hope that we bring value to the table to make that price worth it. Some of that value is in our food being local, fresh, from happy animals that are treated humanely, from animals that aren't given unnecessary medication or medicated feed, from food that is exactly what we say it is - food. No fillers, no injected solutions, nothing but sunshine, water, good feed and living together in harmony.  We also hope you understand that we put all the inputs in up front - the feed, the water, the brooder pens, the incubating - all these things cost money and time, and we don't get that back until we sell the product. I hate to raise prices, but the reality is if we don't, we shut the farm down.

For some more info on grain prices, and how significant this is right now, check these out:

World Wheat Prices

World Corn Prices

World Soybean Prices

When we started this farm in 2007, we could buy a 50 pound bag of chicken feed for $11.00. Those same bags are now $25.00.  We bought grain bins so we could buy in bulk and save money (and waste from all those empty bags!) and it has brought our prices down. But not enough to make up for prices in feed more than doubling in 5 years. We hope you'll still find value in a small, family farm in your community, that raises happy, pasture raised animals, and offers fresh food for you and your family.