Cow Power

By Janet Raloff, 15:55 PM April 15, 2008

This is part one of a two-part series on the economics of dairy farming. Part II: "Organic Dairying Is on Upswing, But No Panacea," is available at Organic Dairying Is on Upswing, But No Panacea.

While at the Society of Environmental Journalists' annual meeting last month, I and several other writers toured northwest Vermont's dairy land, home to many family-owned and -operated farms. Some enterprises milk as few as a dozen cows. Others handle more than 50 times that many. A number of the far...

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