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Posted 2/19/2019 15:47 (#7330987 - in reply to #7330967)
Subject: RE: Moving on from dairy.

JoBob - 2/19/2019 15:33

In the same boat as you. My brother announced over a month ago it's time for the cows to go. I quit milking 6-7 years ago and have been doing the crop end of the farm while brother kept milking and we helped each other out as needed. I think everything was getting to him mentally more than physically, especially during the winter. He has already interviewed with a contractor at the Army base next door but said cows would go by May-June. You mentioned keeping back some steers and tax wise that makes sense but man, I really don't want to deal with any animals. Good luck and keep us informed. Joe
I don't know how well I'd do with empty yards! It is truly mentally taxing. I made it through some low milk prices and rode the wave and they didn't seem as bad. There was always the we'll get through this and in 6 months it's going to come back so we can regain but I just feel drained with no rebound in sight. I have used some equity to keep rolling but for the first time in my life I'm wondering what the heck I'm doing and what for. If I can farm and get a pay check plus keep my owned acreage to farm myself then it's kind of a win win.
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