dairy farmer

Don & Anne's Story: “There’s so few of us left”

Don & Anne's Story: “There’s so few of us left”

The heart of the dairy crisis: Farmers receive, today, what farmers were paid in 1985, but that same amount of money held a lot more purchase power 34 years ago. Back then minimum wage was $3.35.

“Absolute breakeven is about $19 a hundredweight, now,” Anne explained. “When we took over they were saying $12 or $13 was breakeven. Now, it's $19. That doesn't include paying our bills; that's just to produce the milk.”

Cory & Bridget's Story: When The Roof Caves In

Cory & Bridget's Story: When The Roof Caves In

“So, here's the barn then,” Cory said as we turned the corner.  The sight was impressive. Only a few of the steel trusses were left standing over the length of about two football fields. The stalls sat empty like gaping wounds.