Wife of A Dairy Farmer
I am asking for help to keep small family dairy farm going. My husband is to proud to come on here, but my gut says give it a try. Wanting to follow in his fathers' footsteps, Dale is a fourth generation dairy farmer. Unfortunately, Dale is close to going out of business due to low milk prices and tough economic times. With having some bad luck with cows and not milking a full heard of 40 cows, we need more animals to get more milk but cow prices average between $1,200 to $1,600 per cow. Financially we would be in a better situation if we weren't forced to install a manure storage facility six years ago, which brought a huge burden to the farm and family to pay this off, we struggle monthly to make this $1,600 a month payment along with all the other farm expenses. To Dale, this is more than just a business, this is his home, livelihood, way of life and his passion. He has been to multiple loan officers who tell him they are not at this time loaning to dairy farmers because of low projected low milk prices. In 2014 milk prices were in the low $24.00 per hundred weight base price. Now milk prices are projected to go down to $14.00 per hundred weight, that is a loss of $10.00 per hundred weight in four years, how are small dairy farmers supposed to keep going? We need more animals and extra hay right now to help get things going again and not lose the family farm that has been going strong since 1873! Please donate to help keep this farm going for more generations to come, the money will go to purchase new animals, hay and anything over would be applied to the farm loans.
Thank you and God Bless!
Stitches out and cast on 3 weeks no weight bearing still but hopeful a walking cast after that. He says he is sore but doing well and Thanks you all for well wishes and speedy recovery. Thank you goes out to the Door County Advocate for contacting us to do a story that is how it all started for us and Fox news also contacting us and it just flew from there WOW. PLUS all the WONDERFUL people who donated and helped us to continue on being 4th generation farmers of a small dairy. Here is the article from Fox news I already shared the Advocates also.
Wow, we've made it over the hill! It's a miracle thanks to you ALL!! Dale is still recovering from his foot surgery, tomorrow will be one week since the surgery. He has learned how to maneuver the leg scooter pretty well. He has to be non weight bearing on that foot for 4 to 6 weeks. The donations we've received still feels like a dream. We've managed to pay bills in full, pay the feed mill off in full (We haven't been able to do this in years), put some money back into our savings to purchase more cows once Dale's foot heals. All donations above and beyond are going to be used to fix more machinery, and help pay our helpers while Dale is recovering. I have had to take shortened shifts at the job I work outside of the farm to tend to Dale, but it is important I keep my job for the insurance. Once again THANK YOU ALL this is amazing support for small dairy.
First of all Thank You ALL!! We are so overwhelmed with the support we have received. We have gotten many messages 98% positive and uplifting, 2% negative. There will always be that one in the bunch I suppose. We have also gotten many messages asking us to up our goal. We are unsure if we should up the goal. When we made our original plea it was before Dale knew he had to have foot surgery and would be laid up for 6 weeks. Farm help now has to be paid, and so do bills with Karen taking shortened shifts to tend to Dale. This has been an answered prayer above and beyond what we ever expected.
Wow everyone Dale and I are blown away. Many tears fell yesterday as the support for our farm came flooding in. We have exceeded our goal and will use that extra help to now be able to pay off our feed mill bill, fuel for tractors and machinery and make necessary repairs to our machinery that we haven't been able to do. Thank You all so much from the bottom of our hearts. We are really still in disbelief.