Challenges of conventional dairy model
During the 1980s and 90s, when a lack of skilled people entering the dairy profession led to historic farm loss, some producers expanded their operations to meet industry needs by adding more cows on a single site. The “get big or get out” mentality was fostered by agricultural policy. However, the social, economic, and environmental consequences of these large confinement operations, initially unforeseen, have become increasingly evident and cannot be addressed within the same system of consolidation and expansion. It’s time for a new vision.