Kleinpeter Farms Dairy has announced that its 215 employees will take a 2.5 percent pay cut.

Jeff Kleinpeter, president of Kleinpeter Farms, says he hopes the pay cut will only last three to four mouths.

Kleinpeter, who's also taking a salary cut, says the action means no price increase, no layoffs and no loss of benefits.

He says high prices for raw milk and fuel prompted the move. The dairy buys about 75 percent of its milk from some 20 local dairy farmers. Kleinpeter says in the past eight months, the cost of raw milk has risen 41 percent.

Kleinpeter Farms' dairy products can be found on grocery store shelves all across South Louisiana and into southern Mississippi.