Minnesota Dairy Farmer's Tearful Video Shares Industry Troubles

April 12, 2019 04:23 PM
 
A Minnesota dairy farmer frustrated by the industry’s rising financial pressures took to social media to voice his concerns in an emotional video that’s been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

A Minnesota dairy farmer frustrated by the industry’s rising financial pressures took to social media to voice his concerns in an emotional video that’s been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

Mark Berg tells the Star Tribune that he posted the six-minute-long Facebook video on April 8 after arguing with his family about how to save their Pine Island dairy. Brushing back tears, he talks about the desperation he says many dairy farmers feel. The 26-year-old says his family has been taking out loans to pay their bills.

Berg says his family must sell cattle on their 200-cow farm due to depleted feed supplies and years of low milk prices.

He says he posted the video because he “had to get something off his shoulders.” It’s been viewed more than 296,000 times.

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Dwayne Keithley
Williamsburg, PA
4/14/2019 08:46 PM
 

  It is bullshit! Not the young mans comments..he nailed it. I used to have a small herd of dairy cows and now i work on a 500 cow dairy. It sucks..dairy farmers work so hard and put in a shit ton of overtime and get so little in return. The milkcheck is always gone before it even gets there. Something must be done!! This young man is not alone..the whole industry has gone to HELL.

 
 
Dwayne Keithley
Williamsburg, PA
4/14/2019 09:08 PM
 

  On the farm level we just want to be able to make a living and to be able to afford to pay our taxes and our insurance and our healthcare. Obamacare did me in. I can not afford health insurance and i am sure i am not alone. Farming isnt fair. As food providers for the consumer we should be entitled to a decent living with benefits just the same as the 9 to 5 factory worker. Something needs to be done. This young man is not alone..farm families are stuggling badly. It sucks!!

 
 
Dwayne Keithley
Williamsburg, PA
4/15/2019 07:36 PM
 

  We pray for you and all the stuggling dairy families in this country. It is such a shame that people bust their ass 16-18 hours a day and cant pay the bills. God Bless you and God help you all. I know what its like. And please..its not worth your life!!

 
 

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