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Upper Midwest dairy farmers struggling

Published 02/17/2009, The Jamestown Sun

Upper Midwest dairy farmers struggling through poor economic times say they are not as bad off as their counterparts in Western states. In California, hundreds of thousands of dairy cows are being sent to slaughter because farmers cannot afford to feed them. “They’re going to be the first ones hurt because they buy most of their feed,” said Rich-ardton farmer Jerry Messer, chairman of the Midwest Dairy Association. “Most of the dairy farmers in the Upper Midwest raise their own feed.”

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