So Far So Good
(06:30 AM, Apr 24, 2017)
So far this month the weather has been favorable to the diehards. No Rain and no real warm temperatures plus the odd splash of snow. Trails remain good to excellent with the odd bare spot here and there so far this month. There was minimal traffic all of last week. The Golden Triangle has been good so far along with Trail 23 from Nine Mile East up into the Triangle. There is a bit of rain forecasted for the week so we’ll just ave to wait and see what happens with the trails.
Fresh snow most Mornings this Week
(07:00 AM, Apr 23, 2017)
A fresh layer of snow overnight. Didn’t have any melt yesterday and not much during the week. Should be decent running from Nine Mile East up into the Golden Triangle. The odd 20 foot spot of bare, but should not be a problem. It seems like there was a fresh 1 to 4 cm every morning this week. Sleds dropping off and heading for Governors. Mark had decent traffic yesterday.
Farmers Read this
(07:00 PM, Apr 22, 2017)
http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/we-dont-blame-you-wisconsin-farmers-on-trumps-blast-at-canadas-dairy-industry/ar-BBAa0cm?li=AAggNb9&ocid=UE12DHP use this URL for the pictures
With a single letter mailed from a milk processing company in Wisconsin this month, the Sauer family learned their dream livelihood as third generation dairy farmers was suddenly in jeopardy. The notice, from their milk processing company, told the Sauers their milk was no longer needed because of recent changes in Canada's dairy policies which effectively closed U.S. access to Canada's markets for a product known as ultra-filtered milk.
Some of the Sauer family's milk had been used for that purpose by the processor.
The family can't sell their milk to other processors because all the milk processers in Wisconsin are operating at capacity. It's a widely held view in the state that there's simply too much milk being produced.
That's what's behind President Donald Trump's claim that Canada is being "very unfair" to Wisconsin dairy farmers. He believes Canadian rules that favour homegrown ultrafiltered milk, which is used in production of cheese and other dairy products, are hurting sales for U.S. producers.
Wisconsin farmers kept producing more milk
'We don't blame you': Wisconsin farmers on Trump's blast at Canada's dairy industry© Provided by CBC 'We don't blame you': Wisconsin farmers on Trump's blast at Canada's dairy industry
But Trump's slam of the Canadian dairy system is characterized by many in the state as misguided, because the real issue is broad overproduction.
Shane Sauer says his 120-head farm east of Madison and other such small operations have long been led to believe the market for milk was near endless.
"Processors have told us for quite a while that they want more milk," he said. "We were told we need to feed the world. So we were just trying to do our part."
Advances in technology allowed dairy farmers everywhere to produce more milk.
"We don't blame you," said Sauer said of Trump's comments about Canada. "We just want solutions."
Wisconsin alone has more milk cows than in all of Canada.
Small farms squeezed out
As massive dairy farms continue to produce milk at full speed, helping to keep Wisconsin's milk processors supplied, small family operations have been caught in the squeeze.
If the Sauers can't find a buyer for their milk by the end of the month they may have to leave the dairy industry for good.
"And this just breaks our heart," said Jennifer Sauer. "It's not a job for us, it's a lifestyle."
Jennifer and Shane Sauer fear they'll be driven out of the dairy industry as Wisconsin processors will no longer buy their milk.© CBC Jennifer and Shane Sauer fear they'll be driven out of the dairy industry as Wisconsin processors will no longer buy their milk.
Sarah Lloyd and Nels Nelson, who tend 350 dairy cows on a 400-hectare property northwest of Madison, say their view is that Trump's got it all wrong.
Blaming Canada for restricting market access to ultra-filtered milk is missing the real issue facing Wisconsin farmers, they said.
"Suddenly everyone was pointing the finger at Canada but that's not really what's going on. We have overproduction here in Wisconsin and we really need to address that here at home," said Lloyd.
Small farms are getting squeezed out and no one's doing anything about it, she said.
"It's not fair and it doesn't help us to use this kind of a red herring of Canada because we need to solve our problem."
Report From Ian
(07:00 AM, Apr 21, 2017)
Ian Cormier Thursday April 20th: I offloaded at 9 mile east and about 1 mile in there is a few bare spots but only like 20 feet long then to 9 mile shelter then 22 to 507 to red pine shelter is actually very good. No washouts on the trail. Back tracked to 9 mile shelter then went on to check on the camp in shady lane and there is a couple washouts but very passable. Only got 100 kms on today but thinking really hard about going back Friday morning.
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Still Great on Trail 23
(07:00 AM, Apr 19, 2017)
With the temps staying cool, the trails are still in decent shape. Good running from Mine Mile East Road all the way to Governors plus I’m sure up to Serpentine all on Trail 23. It snowed for 24 hours on Monday, but did not stay very long in the city limits, but I’m sure the higher ground seen some good snow to help on the trails. Should be good in the Golden Triangle. Pic just up from Nine Mile Shelter yesterday.