The Strauss Family Creamery has been in business in Marin County since 1941. Albert Strauss -- the company's founder -- says he's never experienced a crisis like this one.
"We went through the '76 and '77 drought and it was nowhere close to the drought in the last four years now."
Strauss worries about watering his pasture, and providing enough water for his animals to drink. But, he's mostly concerned about the price he'll pay for alfalfa grown in the Central Valley.
Leslie Butler, an economist at UC Davis, says overall dairy production is down by two to three percent statewide.
But, eastern and mid-western states are picking up the slack.
"The rest of the country is just shooting ahead."
So, even though California's producing less milk, a carton at the grocery store costs less than it did a year ago because we’re bringing in more milk from out of state.