That just makes me so angry! Once all the small dairy farms are out of business the big guys can control the flow, so to speak, create a shortage of milk, and get the prices way up. I'm just so glad I have my own dairy cows!
Just when I think I know everything about cows, my girls let me know that I don't know anything!
Despite the fact that my life is in no way set up to farm for a living at this particular time, my first reaction to comments like his has always been, oh yeah? Just watch this! I hope he is proven wrong over and over and over again.
Wisconsin may be the "Dairy State", but the laws here are crippling the small farmers. It started long before this creep was placed in his position, long before anyone knew who he was.
There are no raw milk sales allowed except "incidental" on farm sales. In other words, if someone stops by to chat and "oh, crap, I forgot to get milk at the store". No off-farm sales, no advertising, no lines of people wanting to buy the good stuff. And if an inspector happens by when a jug of milk is being handed over, you'd better bet that farm gets gone over with a fine tooth comb and they are watched closely for quite some time.
There's no real way for Wisconsin dairy farmers to diversify with their cows. So many are selling off their herds and if they have the land they go to being crop farmers. But what about the guy who only has 50 acres? Can't make a living off crops on that.
No wonder that farmers are committing suicide at record rates. It is heartbreaking.
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
May 23, 2019 13:07:11 GMT -5
Trim: I'm baaaaacccckkkk!
Aug 31, 2019 17:57:22 GMT -5
alpacalexi: My mini jersey cow is pregnant, however the last couple days her udder has deflated. My vet saw her on the 23 and said delivery in a couple weeks Is there a reason for her deflating?
Oct 2, 2019 17:17:00 GMT -5
Trim: She probably aborted a while back. That happened to one of my animals. She was bagging up but within a short while of her "due date" she began to deflate. I had no idea what had happened. I was seriously bummed out.
Feb 8, 2020 20:46:23 GMT -5
mamacherri10: good afternoon! I have not been on the website in a long time. Have a new jersey milk cow and am looking to see how long she needs to be dried up prior to calving? She is due the third week of May.
Mar 10, 2020 14:33:11 GMT -5
steven888: Dry her up now, she needs 6 wks of rest.
Apr 1, 2020 2:05:11 GMT -5
highlandteen: five to six weeks is generally suggested
May 7, 2020 14:39:23 GMT -5
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