Tuesday, April 23, 2019

US dairy news led by WI failures, big operators' stability

Having followed Walker's disastrous impact on rural Wisconsin and the dairy industry,
I'm adding this to our Scott Walker legacy coverage:
Wisconsin, the state with the most dairy farms in the nation, also had the most going out of business, with 590 farms closing their barn doors in 2018. This is a 6.5% decline.  
However, cow numbers in the Badger State remain at 1,270,000 cows, down 5,000 head from a year ago but only down 1,000 head from five years ago.
And with the institutionalization of the big operators comes the predictable manure runoff and drinking water contamination. 

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