Milk Glut Thins Herd of Connecticut’s Family Dairy Farmers
By BRIGITTE RUTHMAN, Republican-American
WARREN, Conn. (AP) — At 64, Terry Tanner still loves his job milking 76 Holsteins in a barn where he began in Warren in 1974.
But is it worth it?
He’s taken just three vacations in that time and hasn’t had a paycheck in two-and-a-half years.
With hope for higher milk prices long faded, he works out of habit on land farmed by a Tanner since 1798 — that is, until this fall, when the herd of 200 head of quality cattle will be sold and Tanner will transition to hay production………