Dairies fail as milk prices sink

Dairies fail as milk prices sink

Auctioneer predicts ‘difficult year’ with price rise unlikely
Russ MacLaren and his wife, Marilyn, watch an auction at the MacLaren farm in Plainfield, Vt. The MacLarens have faced hardships in the family’s 70-plus years farming the same land in Plainfield. But another drop in milk prices this spring combined with soaring feed and fuel costs is forcing the third generation to give up dairy farming. Below, a bidder looks over cows before an auction at the McLaren farm.
Cows wait to be auctioned at the MacLaren farm in Plainfield, Vt.
A bidder looks over cows before an auction at the MacLaren farm in Plainfield, Vt. Beyond tough economics, the MacLarens are tired of being tied to their small Vermont dairy farm seven days a week.

Dairies fail as milk prices sink

Russ MacLaren and his wife, Marilyn, watch an auction at the MacLaren farm in Plainfield, Vt. The MacLarens have faced hardships in the family’s 70-plus years farming the same land in Plainfield. But another drop in milk prices this spring combined with soaring feed and fuel costs is forcing the third generation to give up dairy farming. Below, a bidder looks over cows before an auction at the McLaren farm.
Cows wait to be auctioned at the MacLaren farm in Plainfield, Vt.
A bidder looks over cows before an auction at the MacLaren farm in Plainfield, Vt. Beyond tough economics, the MacLarens are tired of being tied to their small Vermont dairy farm seven days a week.
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