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BEEN IN THEIR FAMILIES FOR GENERATIONS. KEVIN TIBBLES VISITS FOR GENERATIONS. KEVIN TIBBLES VISITS ONE FAMILY IN KEVIN TIBBLES VISITS ONE FAMILY IN WISCONSIN. ONE FAMILY IN WISCONSIN.>>HOW MANY HEIFERS WE WISCONSIN.>>HOW MANY HEIFERS WE GOT LEFT?>>HOW MANY HEIFERS WE GOT LEFT?>>Reporter: ON A COLD GOT LEFT?>>Reporter: ON A COLD WINTER WEEKEND,>>Reporter: ON A COLD WINTER WEEKEND, ANOTHER FAMILY FARM WINTER WEEKEND, ANOTHER FAMILY FARM GOES UNDER. ANOTHER FAMILY FARM GOES UNDER. FOR GENERATIONS, THE GOES UNDER. FOR GENERATIONS, THE SOUND OF CATTLE ECHOED FOR GENERATIONS, THE SOUND OF CATTLE ECHOED AROUND THE LONE PINE SOUND OF CATTLE ECHOED AROUND THE LONE PINE DAIRY, BUT ON THIS AROUND THE LONE PINE DAIRY, BUT ON THIS DAY, THE AUCTIONEER IS DAIRY, BUT ON THIS DAY, THE AUCTIONEER IS LOUDER. DAY, THE AUCTIONEER IS LOUDER.>>75, SOLD! LOUDER.>>75, SOLD!>>Reporter: GUY AND>>75, SOLD!>>Reporter: GUY AND WENDY TULLMAN ARE>>Reporter: GUY AND WENDY TULLMAN ARE SELLING THEIR HERD TO WENDY TULLMAN ARE SELLING THEIR HERD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. SELLING THEIR HERD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. WHAT WAS IT LIKE THE HIGHEST BIDDER. WHAT WAS IT LIKE SAYING GOOD-BYE TO WHAT WAS IT LIKE SAYING GOOD-BYE TO THEM? SAYING GOOD-BYE TO THEM?>>LIKE LOSING A THEM?>>LIKE LOSING A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY.>>LIKE LOSING A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY.>>YOU GET VERY MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY.>>YOU GET VERY CONNECTED TO THEM FROM>>YOU GET VERY CONNECTED TO THEM FROM BIRTH ON. CONNECTED TO THEM FROM BIRTH ON. THERE’S AN EMPTINESS BIRTH ON. THERE’S AN EMPTINESS IN MY HEART. THERE’S AN EMPTINESS IN MY HEART.>>Reporter: THE IN MY HEART.>>Reporter: THE TULLMANS TRIED TO HANG>>Reporter: THE TULLMANS TRIED TO HANG ON, TRIED DOING WITH TULLMANS TRIED TO HANG ON, TRIED DOING WITH LESS, TRIED WORKING ON, TRIED DOING WITH LESS, TRIED WORKING HARDER, NEVER TOOK LESS, TRIED WORKING HARDER, NEVER TOOK VACATIONS. HARDER, NEVER TOOK VACATIONS.>>I KNOW WE DID VACATIONS.>>I KNOW WE DID EVERYTHING THAT WE>>I KNOW WE DID EVERYTHING THAT WE COULD TO SURVIVE. EVERYTHING THAT WE COULD TO SURVIVE.>>Reporter: YEARS OF COULD TO SURVIVE.>>Reporter: YEARS OF RECORD-LOW MILK PRICES>>Reporter: YEARS OF RECORD-LOW MILK PRICES MEANT THEY COULD NO RECORD-LOW MILK PRICES MEANT THEY COULD NO LONGER MAKE A GO OF MEANT THEY COULD NO LONGER MAKE A GO OF IT. LONGER MAKE A GO OF IT.>>I SAID I NEVER IT.>>I SAID I NEVER WANTED TO GET RICH.>>I SAID I NEVER WANTED TO GET RICH. ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS WANTED TO GET RICH. ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS PAY MY BILLS AND HAVE ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS PAY MY BILLS AND HAVE A LITTLE LEFT OVER. PAY MY BILLS AND HAVE A LITTLE LEFT OVER.>>Reporter: PAUL A LITTLE LEFT OVER.>>Reporter: PAUL MITCHELL, WHO TEACHES>>Reporter: PAUL MITCHELL, WHO TEACHES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MITCHELL, WHO TEACHES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, SAYS THE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, SAYS THE PACE OF FARMERS WISCONSIN, SAYS THE PACE OF FARMERS GETTING OUT IS PACE OF FARMERS GETTING OUT IS INCREASING. GETTING OUT IS INCREASING.>>WE’VE LOST 7.5% OF INCREASING.>>WE’VE LOST 7.5% OF OUR DAIRY FARMERS IN>>WE’VE LOST 7.5% OF OUR DAIRY FARMERS IN THE STATE OF OUR DAIRY FARMERS IN THE STATE OF WISCONSIN — THE STATE OF WISCONSIN –>>Reporter: IN ONE WISCONSIN –>>Reporter: IN ONE YEAR.>>Reporter: IN ONE YEAR.>>IN ONE YEAR. YEAR.>>IN ONE YEAR. THAT’S OVER DOUBLE OUR>>IN ONE YEAR. THAT’S OVER DOUBLE OUR AVERAGE. THAT’S OVER DOUBLE OUR AVERAGE.>>Reporter: ROUGHLY AVERAGE.>>Reporter: ROUGHLY HALF OF DAIRY FARMERS>>Reporter: ROUGHLY HALF OF DAIRY FARMERS HERE HAVE LEFT THE HALF OF DAIRY FARMERS HERE HAVE LEFT THE BUSINESS IN THE LAST HERE HAVE LEFT THE BUSINESS IN THE LAST 15 YEARS. BUSINESS IN THE LAST 15 YEARS. WITH HIGHER PRODUCTION 15 YEARS. WITH HIGHER PRODUCTION AND LOWER DEMAND, THE WITH HIGHER PRODUCTION AND LOWER DEMAND, THE NUMBERS JUST DON’T AND LOWER DEMAND, THE NUMBERS JUST DON’T WORK ANYMORE. NUMBERS JUST DON’T WORK ANYMORE. IF WORK ANYMORE. IF>>Reporter: IF>>Reporter:>>IF IT KEEPS GOING>>Reporter:>>IF IT KEEPS GOING THIS WAY, IT WILL BE>>IF IT KEEPS GOING THIS WAY, IT WILL BE DONE, THE FAMILY FARM. THIS WAY, IT WILL BE DONE, THE FAMILY FARM.>>Reporter: THE DONE, THE FAMILY FARM.>>Reporter: THE ECONOMIC FALLOUT IS>>Reporter: THE ECONOMIC FALLOUT IS FELT ACROSS THE REGION ECONOMIC FALLOUT IS FELT ACROSS THE REGION FROM GROCERIES TO CAR FELT ACROSS THE REGION FROM GROCERIES TO CAR SALES. FROM GROCERIES TO CAR SALES.>>WE FEED THE WORLD, SALES.>>WE FEED THE WORLD, AND THEY CAN NEVER>>WE FEED THE WORLD, AND THEY CAN NEVER TAKE THATTY WAS FROM AND THEY CAN NEVER TAKE THATTY WAS FROM US, THAT WE DID FEED TAKE THATTY WAS FROM US, THAT WE DID FEED THE WORLD FOR AS LONG US, THAT WE DID FEED THE WORLD FOR AS LONG AS WE DID. THE WORLD FOR AS LONG AS WE DID.>>HERE. AS WE DID.>>HERE.>>Reporter: THE ONLY>>HERE.>>Reporter: THE ONLY HEIFER WENDY REFUSED>>Reporter: THE ONLY HEIFER WENDY REFUSED TO GIVE UP WAS THEY HEIFER WENDY REFUSED TO GIVE UP WAS THEY ARE BELOVED BABY TO GIVE UP WAS THEY ARE BELOVED BABY MURAL. ARE BELOVED BABY MURAL. THE TULLMANS WERE MURAL. THE TULLMANS WERE THERE FOR THE BIRTH OF THE TULLMANS WERE THERE FOR THE BIRTH OF EVERY ANIMAL IN THEIR THERE FOR THE BIRTH OF EVERY ANIMAL IN THEIR HERD, GAVE THEM ALL EVERY ANIMAL IN THEIR HERD, GAVE THEM ALL NAMES AND RAISED THEM. HERD, GAVE THEM ALL NAMES AND RAISED THEM.>>IN MY HEART, NAMES AND RAISED THEM.>>IN MY HEART, THEY’RE STILL MINE.>>IN MY HEART, THEY’RE STILL MINE.>>THEY’RE ALWAYS THEY’RE STILL MINE.>>THEY’RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE YOURS.>>THEY’RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE YOURS.>>THEY WILL ALWAYS BE GOING TO BE YOURS.>>THEY WILL ALWAYS BE MINE.>>THEY WILL ALWAYS BE MINE.>>Reporter: THE NEW MINE.>>Reporter: THE NEW OWNER SAYS GUY AND>>Reporter: THE NEW OWNER SAYS GUY AND WENDY CAN VISIT ANY OWNER SAYS GUY AND WENDY CAN VISIT ANY TIME, BUT THE NEXT WENDY CAN VISIT ANY TIME, BUT THE NEXT TIME THEY COME, IT TIME, BUT THE NEXT TIME THEY COME, IT WON’T BE AS FARMERS.

38 Comments

  1. flying fast Author

    The circus clown act on Capitol Hill dragging their feet and not worrying about the American people or the Farmers this is the end result the Democrats Republicans and Capitol Hill are a circus clown act they're out to destroy the foundation of our country bottom line

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  2. Jason Dwight Author

    Trump's not to blame nor any other politician. However, if one listens to this report, the production of milk has increased and increasing plus the demand for fluid milk has declined as well. When anytime there is an abundance of any commodity in the market and the lesser demand thereof causes prices to plummet. Also, if one takes into account the increase, look in your dairy case, of non dairy beverages, e.g., soy or almond 'milk', has put a crimp in the dairy milk section. There is also substitute non-dairy frozen desserts/ice cream, etc.
    Moreover, the downturn in farm gate milk prices, dairymen's paycheck, began about two years before Trump and it has stayed that way since. There's not much Trump can do unless the government starts buying up dairy supplies and stockpiling them which that situation has already been tried and failed with the dairy herd buyout in the 1980's. For a while, in the 80's, the dairy herd buyout helped decrease milk production for a short while. However, soon after it was over, the production started climbing and was more than before the dairy herd buyout or termination program by the U.S. gov't.
    The problem is supply and demand and the dairy industry is the one that must find the solution and not the U.S. government.

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  3. Kitsie R Author

    I grew up on a dairy farm. This is being done to consolidate all power and wealth into the hands of a very few. Even our food sources are now controlled by the oligarchs.

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  4. Ian G Author

    The problem isn't Trump or Obama the problem is a mismanagement in the dairy industry.
    Canada has it right set production quotas and guaranty a price for milk sold.

    This lowest price race to the bottom promotes over production which reduces the price of milk even further.
    Milk a 2 bucks a gallon at the store is nice until all the family farms go under.
    All you'll have left are the massive industrial farms and they'll start to set pricing and continue to reduce quality milk you drink.

    Good luck America, but you're on a sinking ship of fools.

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  5. Some Person Author

    I am sorry to hear about hard working people losing their farms, but a lot of people tried to explain this was the result of a tariff war. It hurts the small farmers or consumers most, while large companies and governments will get their money regardless. You can't just say no to a changing world, it's going to mow over you if you try to stop it. Just wait until automation unends millions across the country and sends then down entirely new career paths…

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  6. Thoma Hammer Author

    Just like small towns businesses were demolished by WalMart. Family farmers will meet the same fate at the hands of Corporate Farms.

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  7. me heretoday Author

    But I thought America was thriving under Trumps Presidency and everyone was becoming rich because of his bestest business sense and abilities..I am confused now …. mmmmm I am sure Trump supporters keep telling me how Trump has fixed all the problems from the past and rainbows shine continually int he US

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  8. Adesh Singh Author

    Meat and dairy r sunset industries for good reasons…..were herbivores by design and much healthier if we don't eat meat and dairy…..biggest cause of global warming

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