Wisconsin dairy farm loss rate constant

Wisconsin dairy farm loss rate constant

A University researcher says the rate of Wisconsin dairy farm losses has been constant.  Ag Economist Jeremy Foltz tells Brownfield Wisconsin has about half as many dairy farms as it did twenty years ago. “It’s particularly older farmers and smaller farms and farms that are less productive, that is, have cows that produce less milk per cow.”

State statistics show Wisconsin loses about 7% of its dairy farms each year, and Foltz says their research found the business structure of the farm didn’t make a difference, as large and small farms left the dairy business at the same rate. 

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