The 150-year-old Joneslan Farm in Hyde Park is now home to 1,500 goats, and will provide milk to Vermont Creamery. They say it doesn’t make sense to milk an average-sized cow herd anymore.
“With St. Albans Coop, you could call any board member and they knew who you were,” Brian Jones said. “At DFA they’re so big, nobody knows who you are. Once that transition happened, the attitude was completely different.” And then there are the prices for cows milk. After years of lows followed by some minor relief last year, average milk prices plunged in April after restaurants closed as a result of Covid-19. Farmers dumped milk last spring in the crisis. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture said in July that the state has lost 25 dairy farms in the last four months, compared to 1.5 per month before the Covid-19 crisis. Vermont has just 636 farms milking cows now.."
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