Small Dairies Go Under as Milk Prices Sink Again
Since the recent U.S. recession began, more and more small dairy farmers have been closing their doors. Prices have rebounded, but are expected to drop again this summer, causing farmers like the MacLaren brothers in Vermont to call it quits.
"The day of the small farms, I think, is gone," said Steve MacLaren, 54. "A lot of people are going to hold on as long as they can, but we decided not to. Why struggle on it any longer?"
Economic issues aside, the MacLarens are tired of being tied to the farm seven days a week. They plan to keep the land and grow feed – corn and grass for hay and silage – on more than 500 acres.