By Paul Schmitt
Wisconsin is continuing to lose dairy farmers in the state. According to the numbers from the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (Wis-DATCP) reported by Wisconsin Public Radio, there are 500 less dairy farms than last year. Jim Wautier of Church-Site Farms in Brussels says he believes the decline in small dairy operations is attributable to lower milk prices and challenging debt faced by some farmers.
According to the WDATCP, just over 8,800 dairy farms were shown licensed in the state at the start of 2018. That reflects a more than 20 percent drop of dairy farmers in the past five years.