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Dairy farmers lose federal safety net

Posted on October 8, 2012 |
By Michelle Monroe (St. Albans Messenger)



ST. ALBANS — When the U.S. House of Representatives adjourned on Sept. 28 without passing a new Farm Bill, it not only left dairy farmers without a safety net, it raised the specter of chaos in agricultural markets.

In effect, Congress’s failure to act could trigger a so-called permanent law that, it is estimated, could raise the parity price of milk to the $40 per hundredweight (cwt.) range.

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Bridport dairy farmer: "I feel like I was forced out"

Posted on October 8, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — Leonard Barrett can remember when he moved to his East Street farm in Bridport in 1970 with his parents and his brother. There were eight dairy farms on the street.

Today, his is the last one. By the end of next week, there won’t be any.

Across the nation, a confluence of factors is putting family-owned dairies — long the backbone of many rural American towns — out of business.

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Robotic milkers shake up dairy farm routines

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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ORWELL — In a barn at the Hall and Breen Farm on Monday morning, two lines of cows jostled for position, eager to enter the single-cow berths where they’d be rewarded with troughs of grain.

On the other side of the berths, Louis Hall and two maintenance workers watched as the robotic arms grasped each cow’s udders, milked, then released. As a cow left the stall, she pushed aside a bar that allowed the next cow to enter.

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