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What dairy families can do amidst low milk prices

Colleen Gengler, Extension Educator – Family Relations

Published in Dairy Star May 9, 2009

Recently, my husband and I were at a dinner meeting with other dairy farm couples. We own and operate a dairy farm as well. It was a fun evening with a lot of joking and camaraderie in the group. Even in the midst of nearly record low milk prices, this group wasn’t focused on that. Instead, they had fun visiting about their work and family lives. As I thought about it, it made sense. Why dwell on low milk prices when you can enjoy an evening with people you know are experiencing the same thing but who also want to laugh, share, and talk about other things. Out of that evening came some thoughts about what dairy farm families can do.

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Image Source: Milligan and Danes – Dairy Initiatives Newsletter, Spring, 2001

Dairy farmers have weathered difficult economic times before as well as other setbacks. Information abounds on strategies for dealing with the dairy business, but at the same time, it is important to pay attention to caring for yourself and family.

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