In the ‘good ole days,’ farmers could often be found chatting with each other at the local breakfast joint in town, solving the world’s problems one cup of coffee at a time. Today, farmers are lucky if they’re able to even finish their cup of coffee while it’s still hot.
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(Taylor Leach)

While dairy farmers don’t get the chance to chat with each other at the local diner near as much as they used to, I’d imagine their conversations today would sound a little like this:

“We just can’t seem to keep good employees around anymore.”
“These feed prices are going to eat up what’s left of my milk check.”
“I order a box of dry tubes weeks ago and we still haven’t received them. These supply chain issues are a nightmare!”
Do these conversations sound all too familiar?

Dairy farmers are faced with frustrating obstacles each and every year, and 2022 is certainly no exception. In a recent poll, we asked readers what the most challenging hurdle would be for their operation this year. Here’s how they responded:

Feed Costs

As one generation of dairy farmers see retirement on the horizon, who are the next generation farmers taking over the responsibility of feeding the world?

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