My grandmother had a cream quota in the early 70’s, and about 30 head. The cows came on time twice a day from the pasture to be milked, almost to the minute, and they all knew which stall was theirs, though a few would get scolded for trying another stall. It was quite a sight to see. People don’t realize that cattle have personalities and intelligence not much different from dogs.
30 milk cows daily produce at least 180 - 200 gallons of milk. Think of the store value of that. Yet in our world, that’s a quaint historical anecdote.
I don’t want to sign up for a world where a few pennies extra profit per quart of milk leaves intelligent and playful animals cheated of the care and environment they should properly have, or at the expense of driving the farmers and their children away from the land and communities they love.
In Canada there is a lot of talk about “cultural genocide”. True small farmers have seen their way of life and their communities annihilated over the last 40 years, with no remorse or consideration from larger society, all for corporate profits, when those people fed us, cared for the land and water, and were the heart of our culture. If anyone has suffered a wholesale cultural genocide, its been farming families, and farming communities.
My hat is off to Dan, for fighting against the current, trying to do it right.