And with every passing year I been witness to a declining industry and way of life. Farmers and particularly dairy farmers are a breed all their own. The demise of herd after herd and farm after farm is barely noticed. I've watched while companys such as Genex and dairy improvement businesses have reorganized, merged and downsized just to stay economically viable and only somewhat afloat.
Having grown up in a region where cows were once just a part of the landscape, I am reminded of the thousands of factories that once dotted the New England landscape and that now exist only in memory. I watch with interest the ideas, plans and strategy that shape the ever changing landscape for the dairy farmer. I want them to succeed. And although I do not drink milk it is difficult to watch the dairy life succumb to what is inevitably unavoidable change.