'Dairy farming is not for the weak-hearted': SE Minn. woman cares for cows in numbing cold

  • Article by: JOHN WEISS , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 13, 2014 - 12:24 AM

MANTORVILLE, Minn. — Only a bit of Karen Naatz's face and hair showed beneath her bulky clothes as she faced 3 a.m. chores Monday at Naatz Dairy Farm north of Mantorville.

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riely111Jan. 13, 1411:52 AM

I grew up on a dairy farm (don't do it anymore) and always said, dairy farming is real farming and grain farming is a hobby. Never have figured out why grain farming year in and year out pays better than dairy farming when dairy farming is everyday all year long. Better lobbyist and goverment protection I guess.

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julio57Jan. 14, 14 9:31 AM

Riely111: The biggest reason dairy farming is less profitable than crop farming is because milk is perishable. Grain farmers can hold on to grain for months, even years, waiting for the market to get better. Dairy farmers have to sell their milk every day/week. Many modern dairies do forward contract milk to lock in a price they are comfortable with, but that can often be risky given the rapid fluctuations in feed prices, which, if the farmer doesn't own enough land to produce their own feed, they have to purchase.

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beaelliottJan. 14, 1410:11 PM

Adult humans do not need cow's milk any more than they need goat's milk, wolf's milk, camel's milk, giraffe's milk. Unweaned infants do remarkably better on their own mother's breast milk which is what our species was intended to consume. There's absolutely nothing beneficial to the human diet in cow's milk that can't be gotten through plant based sources. Female cows are forcibly artificially inseminated to become pregnant and continue lactating. After 9 months, the dairy industry steals these baby calves shortly after they are born. The "worthless" males who can't make milk are either killed immediately or kept in isolation for a few months to become veal. The unfortunate females calves follow their mother's sad lot all the way to the last moments on the kill floor when they are no longer "productive". Thankfully there's abundant plant based alternatives that are just as nutritional, just as satisfying and just as versatile in cooking. Some even have twice the amount of calcium and vitamin D as cow's milk does. Dairy is also destructive to the environment and a tragic waste of resources. Perhaps it is time for "unweaned" adults to look beyond what deceptiveness and hype the dairy industry is pitching at you in order to keep their profits and their cruel practices in check. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GrbYVsK7vs

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