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Small dairies go under as milk prices sink againMore small US dairies go under as milk prices sink again, feed and fuel costs stay high
PLAINFIELD, Vt. (AP) ' With milk prices projected to fall and fuel costs high, more small dairy farms are going out of business.
Vermont has lost 14 dairy farms this year. A few have started up, but overall, the number of farms continues to drop in a state long known for its milk and cheese.
Third-generation Vermont dairy farmers Michael and Steven MacLaren auctioned off their roughly 200 cows and equipment this month at the Plainfield farm their grandfather bought in 1939.
Economic issues aside, the MacLarens are tired of being tied to the farm seven days a week. They plan to keep the land and grow feed ' corn and grass for hay and silage ' instead.
Michael MacLaren says it's been "a long hard grind" and he'd like a change.
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