What We Are Reading: Dairy Special Edition: 04/21/2017 Part Deux

Massive dairy farms and locals debate: Can manure from so many cattle be safely spread on the land? : Lee Kinnard’s new barn stretches the length of six football fields. It’s so big he once flew a drone inside to get a bird’s eye view of all the cows. The family farm milks 6,500 cows in Kewaunee County, where the cattle population has grown faster than anywhere in the state. Since 1983, cattle numbers in the county have jumped by 62% to 97,000 at a time when the statewide cattle population has tumbled by 20%, according to the state agriculture department.

Dairy setting up to be contentious issue in future trade talks : It was a response to a joint letter to President Donald Trump from the governors, who said protectionist trade policies by Canada were to blame for a market disruption that will soon leave dozens of Wisconsin dairy farmers without a buyer for their milk. On Tuesday, Trump vowed to resolve the trade dispute with Canada. “Dairy farmers globally, not just in the U.S., are facing many challenges,” [David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the United States] wrote in the letter Tuesday. “In particular, both Canadian and American farmers have been dealing with international pressures of low world prices and a surplus of skim milk solids.”


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