Wisconsin Loses Another 54 Dairy Farms in June

Wisconsin continues to lose dairy farms. ( Farm Journal )

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reports that 54 Wisconsin dairy farms sold out in June. That’s on top of the 78 that left the business in May.

Year-to-date, 338 dairy farms stopped milking cows. Still, USDA estimates that cow numbers are down just 1,000 head from January to May (the latest report available).

The year-to-day farm exits are running about 30% higher than the same January through June farm exits in 2017. Note: The June 2018 exit number of 54 farms is six fewer in June 2017.

Submitted by Don on Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:06

If animal numbers are relatively stable but we're losing farms, where are the cows? Is factory farming really taking over things that quickly?

Submitted by Patrick on Sat, 08/18/2018 - 11:31

Don, I am a 35yr old dairy farmer/father of 3 from Mn. I would not be able to purchase a farm without the financial help of my uncle and parents. Our "small" 250 cow dairy farm is worth approx $3million.The small family farms are closing their doors because the price of milk has remained unchanged for decades. Most small dairy farmers are 60+ and their children are unable to purchase/upgrade the farm. The only way to make a living is by quantity. Large dairies are efficient and are well prepared to increase the size of their daiy herd. When a small herd is dispersed large dairies are able to quickly add those animals to there herd.

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Submitted by Douglas Street on Thu, 09/06/2018 - 16:38

Yes Don, factory farms help create the surplus, bigger and faster, thus choking off the smallest producers. It truly is a 'race to the bottom'!

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Submitted by Keith Myers on Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:57

You bet. Each large expansion houses the same number of cows that replaces up to 100 small farms or even more.

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Submitted by Juan colon on Sun, 06/23/2019 - 18:19

More farms should be lost. They put their marbles on trump and jihadist Republicans. Now work three jobs.

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Submitted by Kelly on Mon, 06/24/2019 - 00:55

I highly doubt it is other family farms taking up the slack. The article does say the farms are being sold, they aren't being foreclosed on.
Maybe there are a lot of older dairy farmers ready to retire and no younger farmers available to take up the slack.

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Submitted by Ben on Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:34

This is a multi faceted issue. I believe tlone of the bigger reasons are the push of soy and other non-dairy products, 2. the extremely low price the farmer gets per lbs butter fat weight. Makes it extremely haRd to make a living.

Submitted by BrentC on Fri, 06/21/2019 - 18:11

Maybe THIS was the plan for the Tariffs, all along.
To drive 'small' Farmers out of the marketplace, so the 'Big Farming Conglomerates' could gobble up their farms/businesses and corner the food industry market.
NO competition, No price caps, NO limits for Profits!

Submitted by Kevin on Sun, 06/23/2019 - 08:15

The small farms are being regulated out of existence. The large “factory” farms are the only ones that can bear the costs. Such is the cost of Federal oversight of all aspects of our lives.

Submitted by Jim on Mon, 06/24/2019 - 04:11

Same thing going on in Australia, except our industry is trying to paint a Rosey picture..
The real worry is where will any rural jobs come from, there’s already a huge drug problem in regional areas due to the feeling of hopelessness, I guess when food starts running low some political weight may have enough resources to change the course of economic stupidity