Dairy farming named one of 'dirtiest' jobs

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A new list from U.S. News & World Report identifies what are considered to be the top six dirtiest jobs in America.

And dairy farmer is one of them. 

While few in the industry would contend that dairy farming is a glamorous position, the story demonstrates some of the misunderstanding among urban consumers.  

In explaining dairy’s dirty hierarchy, the article points to “squeezing teets, mopping up waste and inseminating heifers." The story also quotes an average salary of $31,000. Read more here.

Many of the tasks on a dairy are automated, so the points about "squeezing teets" -- actually teats -- and "mopping up waste" give the wrong impression. The owner of a dairy farm is not really a salaried employee. 

It's difficult to generalize income figures, since dairy farms vary in size, with some of the bigger dairies having gross incomes of $2 million or more (although costs can eat up a lot of that). 

Yet dairy farming continues to draw these kind of dubious distinctions.  

Approximately five years ago, the Discovery Channel show “Dirty Jobs” looked at a dairy farm in Indiana.



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