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A Dairy Dilemma

Mar 30, 2009
Dear Sir:

I am a third generation dairy farmer. My father still owns and runs the small dairy farm. My brothers and I have been forced to find work in the construction and manufacturing industry to survive. I am concerned of what may happen to the small family farm we helped build. The price of milk is almost devastating for a small producer. I am asking if there may be any positive outlook for the small family farm?

Alexander Egloff
Western New York
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COMMENTS (3 Comments)

David
I hate to be pessimistic but I don't see any way for the small family farm to survive. One reason is this, every day you get a bill in the mailbox, and because that's the way it is, you definitely need income on a very regular basis. Ok, a milkcheck does that but the small farm check doesn't clear enough to pay farm expenses and living expenses too. A family needs at least $30,000 a year just to get by and that is just scrapping by. How much would a small dairy farm have to gross to clear at least that much, with all that has to go back into the farm operation. Then machinery has to be replaced, and well, there's the story in a nutshell.
7:54 PM Apr 9th
 
Ken Harman
As new farmer starting in this time things look good. What I see is the lack forward vision, thing are going to change dads and grandads ways aren't going to work. Time to take the blinders off and steer this horse. My view on the childern is to include them in positve thoughts and ideas, they are our most free minds their though may provide the left field homerun we all need.
12:27 PM Mar 30th
 

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