Wisconsin`s dairy crisis doesn`t stop at the farmer`s doorstep
Take a moment to imagine living on a small family farm. Waking at dawn to a rooster crowing and cows mooing. You head down to the barn to get the cows milked, collect chicken eggs, clean out stalls and feed all the animals before going back into the kitchen to grab breakfast for yourself....

...The dairy market crisis is wreaking havoc on Wisconsin farms. We’ve seen 551 dairy farms close in 2019 already, after losing 638 in 2018 and 465 in 2017. Small, family farms are the hardest hit. Farmer suicides have shaken our communities to the core. Farmers face the decision to sell the farm or take on more debt to become bigger. Trade wars, access to credit and years of low milk prices make it hard for young folks to see a future in dairy farming...
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Ken Notes: Written by Jeff Smith, he has some good ideas. When you talk about the number of closings it is important to state the we actually milk more cows now than ever before. So there is a clear shift to factory farms.... One thing you will never see in the not to distant future is a dairy cow standing in a field.



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