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Price for gallon of milk headed towards record high

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It feels like Americans are paying more for everything lately.  Now, they can add milk to that list. It feels like Americans are paying more for everything lately. Now, they can add milk to that list.
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

It feels like Americans are paying more for everything lately. Now, they can add milk to that list.

One of the regular stops during a trip to the grocery store is a trip down the milk aisle. And starting next month dairy experts say get ready to pay record prices for it - about 50 or 60 cents more.

Strong global demand and stagnant production in other countries is leading to more exports of U.S. dairy products. It all leads to higher prices for consumers both nationally and locally, who are already paying, on average, $3.50 to $4 a gallon.

"I think we'll continue to buy it, but just be more aware of the price we're buying it and look around to different grocery stores to see what the best prices, just so that we can be educated on the best deal," Overland Park resident Leah Vomhof said.

Another reason for the increase is high feed costs and poor weather.

The dairy farmers at Shatto Dairy say it is costing them more to produce milk these days, but so far, they've been able to keep from passing the cost on to the consumer.

Meanwhile, Roeland Park resident Sue Bryant still buys milk, just not as much.

"I use buttermilk on my fried chicken. We've started drinking almond milk on our cereal, because it is half the calories of regular milk, even skim, and that is what we get," she said.

And Maria Rivera, of Mission, plans to just grin and bear it.

"We have to have milk. So how would it change? My kids grew up with milk. They love it to death. So we'll have to pay it. Or, like I say, 'get a cow!'" she said.

Dairy economists expect the price hike to be short-term.

In the meantime, to put it in perspective, a gallon of milk, will cost consumers between $4 to $4.50.

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