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dairy farms http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/665/all en Dairy farmers lose federal safety net http://addisonindependent.com/201210dairy-farmers-lose-federal-safety-net <p> ST. ALBANS &mdash; 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.</p> <p> In effect, Congress&rsquo;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.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/13552">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201210dairy-farmers-lose-federal-safety-net" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County dairy farms farm bill Featured food and ag Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:18:39 +0000 13552 at http://addisonindependent.com Bridport dairy farmer: "I feel like I was forced out" http://addisonindependent.com/201210bridport-dairy-farmer-i-feel-i-was-forced-out <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-13551" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201210bridport-dairy-farmer-i-feel-i-was-forced-out"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/leaonardbarrett7995.thumbnail.jpg" alt="leaonardbarrett7995.jpg" title="leaonardbarrett7995.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LEONARD BARRETT IS retiring from dairy farming. He will auction cows and equipment at his Bridport farm on Oct. 17. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; 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.</p> <p> Today, his is the last one. By the end of next week, there won&rsquo;t be any.</p> <p> Across the nation, a confluence of factors is putting family-owned dairies &mdash; long the backbone of many rural American towns &mdash; out of business.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/13550">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201210bridport-dairy-farmer-i-feel-i-was-forced-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Bridport dairy farms Featured Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:16:37 +0000 13550 at http://addisonindependent.com Robotic milkers shake up dairy farm routines http://addisonindependent.com/201106robotic-milkers-shake-dairy-farm-routines <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-8356" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201106robotic-milkers-shake-dairy-farm-routines"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/farmers9168.thumbnail.jpg" alt="farmers9168.jpg" title="farmers9168.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> IN 2006 FATHER-DAUGHTER team Louis Hall and Jennifer Breen began the transition of farm ownership into Jennifer’s hands by changing the farm name to “Hall &amp; Breen Farm.” Independent photo/Andrea Warren </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andrea Suozzo </div> </div> </div> <p> ORWELL &mdash; 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&rsquo;d be rewarded with troughs of grain.</p> <p class="Bodycopy"> On the other side of the berths, Louis Hall and two maintenance workers watched as the robotic arms grasped each cow&rsquo;s udders, milked, then released. As a cow left the stall, she pushed aside a bar that allowed the next cow to enter.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/8324">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201106robotic-milkers-shake-dairy-farm-routines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Orwell agriculture dairy dairy farms food Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:00:28 +0000 Ian Trombulak 8324 at http://addisonindependent.com