Small Farms Vanish Every Day in America’s Dairyland: “There Ain’t No Future in Dairy

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  1. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

    Good. There are better alternatives now

    Small Farms Vanish Every Day in America’s Dairyland: “There Ain’t No Future in Dairy


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    “Look at that sweet heifer, high, tight udder, in her first lactation, idn’t she sweet?” auctioneer Tom Bidlingmaier shouts as his son Cory plods and slips and pushes the cow around a pen.

    Watching it all are about 65 people, mostly men, mostly other small farmers in rubber boots, standing in mud and manure as they murmur their bids. Ron Wallenhorst, the farmer auctioning off his herd of 64 milking cows, is pacing and tapping an empty water bottle against his thigh. He has milked cows in his barn twice a day, every day, after taking over the farm from his father 32 years ago. By the afternoon, all the cows will be gone.

    “This is our 401k,” said Ron, 55 years old, his tall frame still hearty though he’s 15 pounds lighter from stress.
    Small Farms Vanish Every Day in America’s Dairyland: “There Ain’t No Future in Dairy” – Mother Jones

    Small Farms Vanish Every Day in America’s Dairyland: “There Ain’t No Future in Dairy” – Mother Jones
     
  2. JoeNation
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    I visited a five acre house out in the middle of a large number of crop fields a week ago and as I was talking to the home owner, I asked who farms the fields around his house. He said that they were all owned by corporations and he had no idea who owns them but it wasn't any of his neighbors.
     
  3. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member


    welcome to the GOP oligarchy. fight back. ditch meat and eat food grown locally as much as possible.
    Living well is the best revenge
     

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