Moo-ar Inflation

Tyler Durden's picture

With the world awash in liquidity and yet every one of the world's leaders spreading the "ogre of deflation" myth to ensure the administration of moar free money; we thought it interesting that with government identified inflation statistics entirely benign that the prices of US cattle and milk have reached record highs (and show no sign of stopping as Cattle is limit-up today again). The rise has been almost non-stop beginning in early 2009... now what else began to rise in an almost straight line then?



Nope, no inflation here... as long as you are Vegan


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So Close's picture

Can you say, "Chained-CPI?"  Eat more Chicken?

Dr. Richard Head's picture

You beat me to it.  Chances are that puss-filled, antibacteria laden, corn fed cow, pasturized, slush they call milk is being watered down at the same exact time.  I guess I understand the armed raids on those damned Amish and their contraband raw milk.

El Vaquero's picture

The nearest place I can legally get raw milk is 30 miles south of me.  I know of other places where I could get some if I sat down at their kitchen table and had a meal, and the people there are nervous about raids, so they don't sell it and are reticent about even giving a small amount away for people to try.  Hell, even raising one cow, butchering it and selling it is enough to get them into hot water, even though I can pull up and see that they keep sanitary conditions. Some of the bigger cattle operations will throw a shit fit if they find out. 

While I wouldn't buy raw milk from a grocery store for the obvious reasons, if I can show up to the farm/dairy and see that things are clean, I should have that option.  Unfortunately, driving 30 miles one way to get milk means that it is very costly just for some milk.  In practice, I don't really have that option because some bureaucrat thinks that he can make better decisions about what I am allowed to eat than I can. 

john39's picture

water in West Virginia is undrinkable as a result of chemical spill...  fracking is poisoning groundwater across the country...  but the prison warden government won't allow the peasants to have a little raw milk... 'for health and safety reasons'...    getting the picture americans?  


LawsofPhysics's picture

My goats really don't give a shit.  "Laws" that cannot be enforced really don't matter much.

akak's picture

I feel very lucky that I have a willing neighbor less than half a mile away from whom I can "score" raw goat milk, and have been doing so for almost seven years now.  Not to mention the outstanding goatmilk feta cheese that she makes!  And the difference in digestion alone is remarkable --- it is very hard for me now to ever drink pasteurized, mass-produced milk from the grocery store; it's like a different kind of food altogether.

new game's picture

you have taken the red food pill.  Cant go to mc and d's or anything even close to what is called food today.  difficult to eat out anymore. mostly preparing coop food and the like. all good as we make our own delicious meals free of all the bs we all know about. another opt out story...

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Goat milk feta is wonderful akak but if you ever get a chance, try sheep feta. Simply outta this world orgasmic! However, quite expensive. Has a slightly creamier texture.

Glad to see someone isn't chicken shit consuming raw milk. Not that I would dare do that with commercial dairies which are cess pools. If anyone saw the condition the cows are kept they'd never consume dairy products again.


Cannon Fodder's picture

It's a sad state of affairs when the phrase "hey man, you know where I can score some raw milk?" goes through ones mind....

El Vaquero's picture

Oh, please no.  Bootlegging led to NASCAR.  I don't want know what milklegging will lead to, but it cannot be good. 

El Vaquero's picture

"Officer, I swear I don't have any milk in the vehicle.  No, that white stuff is not milk, I'm taking some donations that I acquired to the sperm bank.  Would you like to make a donation?"

Zadok's picture

Ebullient, vivacious, swollen, milk-filled, mammaries?

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

My neighbor was pulled over for speeding and when the cop approached her car she was so upset her milk dropped. The guy was so flustered he let her go apologizing profusely. I guess that wouldn't ever work for guys but you could give it a shot ;-)


petolo's picture

I sell raw milk and ungraded eggs. Being on the other end of things, i have to size up my customers. There  are some who would inform the federales on a whim. Regulations do not permit me to have more than 100 laying hens.This outlaw  farming business is getting to be more dangerous every day  

El Vaquero's picture

And my response to any fed who reads your comment is, who the fuck are you to tell me that he and I cannot enter into a private exchange of goods?  Who the fuck are you to tell me that you have to control what I eat?  Do you think that I cannot insist that he let me see that he ensures that his equipment is clean before I purchase raw milk from him, and do you think that he should not be free to accept or refuse? 

hedgeless_horseman's picture



I had homemade yogurt from our milking shorthorn and Mrs Horseman's canned peaches for breakfast.  And as for beef, we still have 80% of last year's offspring in the freezer.  We must be rich!

Yardfarmer's picture

and lucky! i know just how much work, loving care, knowledge and experience goes into the bowl of good health and satisfaction. i find it most gratifying to go down the barn, snag a few eggs, pull out some potatoes from the five gallonbucket covered with dirt and fry 'em up on the propane cast iron stove. topped off with some feta aging in the crock and garlic from last summer...and that's not to speak of the leg of lamb butchered in the fall and elk roast from the cow that my brother bagged just after thanksgiving and that we had for Christmas. but man, what a lot of work! and worth every bit of it.  

El Vaquero's picture

Really, you're not supposed to post pictures of what looks to be fantastic yogurt that I cannot get along with peaches the year after an early warm spell caused all of my peaches (and other fruit) to blossom early, followed up by a late frost, killing almost every single blossom and rendering me fruitless for the year.  No plums.  No peaches.  About 2 apples.  A few asian pears, and one or two bosc pears. Now I have to watch you flaunt your peaches;)


On the brighter side, I got some really good blackberries from the farmer's market this past summer and saved some of the seeds.  I know they'll survive my climate if I can get them to germinate, and should be getting some fantastic blackberries in about 1 1/2-2 years.  The ones that were picked almost too early were nice and tart, and the ones that were almost overripe tasted like a really good port wine. 

Cannon Fodder's picture

Did you pay Monsanto for the rights to those seeds you are growing? /sarc

El Vaquero's picture

I'm thinking that I won't need to buy toilet paper in the future because Monsanto can lick my asshole. 

Abitdodgie's picture

We just put two pigs in the freezer in November and our Jersey is coming up to calf in about 6 weeks , our wood burning stove keeps us warm in these long winter months , whilst eating home cured bacon , for some reason nobody ever bothers us.

new game's picture

my brother, every now and then will put a carcass near the end of the driveway(bird feeders he calls them). it certainly keeps even the nastiest of humans away.

ps. it gets a mention at the local bar too.

in 28 years at his stead, not a problemo.

alangreedspank's picture

Chances are why the goverment makes it illegal to sell raw milk: they are doing a favor to milk producer by making a law that they make their milk undergo a process that allows them to have kinds of shit in there without getting people to obviously sick.

El Vaquero's picture

And this will generally favor the larger milk producers over the smaller ones.  You do want to keep things sanitary with raw milk, but when you are ultra-pasteurizing milk under pressure (they bring it up to something like 260f or 280f for a few seconds,) it doesn't matter if you have hantavirus infested ratshit in the stuff.  I've looked, and it seems that even in many of the "healthy" stores, all of the milk is ultra-pasteurized, even though there are other pasteurization methods that supposedly lead to better tasting milk.  Not that I would know, because I can't find vat pasteurized milk anywhere. 

hedgeless_horseman's picture



We have never pasteurized our milk. 

Want to know what we call milk that has gone bad? is the key ingredient to waffles and biscuits.

El Vaquero's picture

If I had a dairy cow or a goat, I wouldn't either.  But getting raw milk from a grocery store in our current food distribution system is just asking to get TB or something nasty.  I would be surprised if bringing the milk up to 280f did not denature more of the proteins than the 145f required for vat pasteurization. I also suspect that vat pasteurization requires healthier cattle and better sanitation. 

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

I'm not positive El Vac but I think TB has been eradicated in cattle in the USA. About 10 % of our TB isolates are Mycobacteria bovis . All have been from Mexicans who had worked on Mexican farms. Now Listeria and Salmonella is another story. You're right high temps denature proteins as well as LYSE bacteria ( break the cell apart) this releases many allergenic proteins into milk that the body doesn't normally see. Lots of people are not allergic to milk itself but these foreign proteins. When I was working on a dairy long ago you were flagged if your coloform CFU was 10 or greater. I've heard it has gone to over 100 in many parts of the country. They figure pasteurization will kill the excess bacteria. What this truly means though milk has become a much "dirtier" product. A certified raw dairy must be scrupulously clean, even so bacterial counts will be high.


jerry_theking_lawler's picture

if the coliform is around 100cfu, then the total is off the chart.....probably mostly lacto, huh? they should just go ahead and ferment it....


oh yeah, there are some new technologies out there that doesn't involve pasteurizing....aka microfiltration...just the tyrants haven't caught up with the tech yet and when their 'standards' don't work, they have trouble adjusting (so people just don't change).

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Coliform bacteria generally refers to members of the Enterobacteriacae family which are used as indicator bacteria because they show fecal contamination. Yes, the do ferment lactose generally. If you mean "lac" as in Lactobacillus, these guys are usually harmless and often are quite beneficial. A CFU of 100 is off the chart when you consider 1 CFU is an estimate of 10,000 bacteria. Considering CFU is usually expressed per ml or gram there is a shitload of bacteria per glass of milk. Microbiological pun intended ;-)


Rafferty's picture

I never drink milk in America.  It is VILE!  

What the hell are they doing with it?

John Law Lives's picture

Good point.  One wonders why humans feel the need to consume cow's milk in the first place.  Nature intended for cow's milk to nourish calves.  Humans can get calcium and protein etc. from other sources.  Adults certainly don't need it.

Binko's picture

That's great advice. But with the bees dying and water in short supply I'm not sure what the California Almond harvest will be like this year. Cali produces essentially 100% of the American Almond crop and we are drying out rapidly here.

Abitdodgie's picture

All Almounds coming from California have to be washed in Amonia now.

LawsofPhysics's picture

My goats are offended, fuck almond "milk". Go ahead, just try to make butter or cheese out of that shit.

Unprepared's picture

Weird, the supply of lemmings and sheeple is booming however.

Sudden Debt's picture

let me see it in gold and I'm a happy camper!

I wonder what will happen at the end of the month...

Conman's picture

Who needs meat or milk? I converted my diet to strickly iPads and iPhones. Inflation problem solved.

One And Only's picture

Any nigga looking at the price of purple drank can tell you inflation is far surpassing the goals of the Fed's 2% target.

Purple drank = milk for white people.

Sudden Debt's picture

how's the price of horse and donkeymeat doing?

Fredo Corleone's picture

Horse flesh is priced exclusively in euros. Please refer to the EU price graph.

Australian Economist's picture

No inflation there thanks to horsedonic adjustments.

BandGap's picture

I'm telling you, this would get rid of a lot of strays and be a good source of much needed protein -

Very lively recipes, too.

Boondocker's picture

strays are cheaper.... but baby seal????  might have to try it.

Boondocker's picture

strays are cheaper.... but baby seal????  might have to try it.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Could we get a bonus chart with QE overlaid on these charts?  I have a "gut feeling" about this data...

10mm's picture

Cow puss and hormone beef.