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  •  If you can milk more than 15 cows by hand... (9+ / 0-)

    ...in one day let me know.  400 it's a factory alright.  The people handling this task should be paid good money.

    About 10,000,000 cow milkings happen every day in the US. (5 to 10 million cows depending on the up to 2 milking per cow per day).  That requires more than 100,000 people miliking these cows.

    The US dairy industry involves about 900,000 people and grosses about $140billion/year.  Of this total only $29billion go to wages or about 20%.

    This means that the average worker in the diary industry (including small farmers) makes $32,000 or about $15/hour.  But I doubt there is an even distribution of these wages.  Lots of workers are probably making minimum wage.

    We need to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour and pay more for dairy products.

    Just thinking aloud.  I milked cows by hand myself so I got interested.

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    by Shockwave on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 10:14:37 AM PDT

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