Shrinking Dairy Farms

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SMALL DAIRY FARMS ARE DISAPPEARING IN KENTUCKY.
TWENTY YEARS AGO, THERE WERE MORE THAN SIX-THOUSAND DAIRY FARMERS IN THE STATE.
LAST YEAR, THERE WERE FEWER THAN 13-HUNDRED, ACCORDING TO THE THE KENTUCKY MILK PROGRAM.
ONE EXPERT SAYS FARMERS ARE GETTING OUT OF THE BUSINESS BECAUSE OF STAGNANT MILK PRICEd, A LACK OF A DEPENDABLE WORK FORCE, AND GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS.
DOUG SHEPHERD, A HARDIN COUNTY LIVESTOCK EXTENSION AGEN, ALSO SAYS MILK FARMING IS HARD WORK.
FARMERS SAY THE DAIRY INDUSTRY WAS HURT BY A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUYOUT PROGRAM ENACTED IN THE LATE 1980'S.
IT INTRODUCED LIMITS TO CURB THE OVERPRODUCTION OF MILK.


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