A farmer friend and I talked for quite a while a few weeks ago. He was feeling down, having made the decision to sell the cows on the farm. There had been cows on the farm since his great-grandfather had milked 10 Jerseys on the place. Subsequent generations had improved the facility, adding freestalls, silos, a parlor and more land. He was feeling guilty for not being able to carry on what his forebearers had built.

I assured him that his forebearers had never faced market forces like the dairy industry has faced in recent years.

Jeff Burbrink is an agriculture/natural resources educator with Purdue Extension Service Elkhart County. He can be reached at 574-533-0554 or jburbrink@purdue.edu.

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