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Dairy Farming On The Decline In Beaver County: “You have to have it in your blood”

Shortly after his son was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in November 2008, Elder Vogel Sr. dropped by Breeze Ridge Farms in Marion Township to see fellow dairy farmer Robert Guidice. He was sulking.

“Well, Bob,” Guidice remembers Vogel Sr. lamenting, “he won. He’s going to Harrisburg.”

Guidice shook his head and chuckled. Wasn’t this victory something to celebrate?

“Your son is a senator,” Guidice reminded his friend.

Vogel Sr. cracked a sheepish smile, but Guidice understood the consternation.

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rick
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rick

It’s a shame that we have lost many farms. I think we should all be very concerned about this matter because when it’s gone then what?

Just Peachy
Member
Just Peachy

This is a wonderful, eye opening article. When you can, support local farmers!

jaacee
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jaacee

This is a fine and informative article. Thanks.

#Dairy _is_scary
Guest
#Dairy _is_scary

It’s wonderful how millions of people are awaking to the plain and simple fact- dairy is scary. Cow milk is for baby cows. We don’t NEED cow milk any more than we need giraffe milk. I am proud to be a pioneer in weaning people off dairy. I’ve convinced dozens of family, friends, and strangers to ditch it. It’s toxic to humans, it’s destructive to the environment (cows require up to 40 GALLONS A DAY of fresh water!!!! That’s OUR water!!!) Your ancestors may have a tie to exploiting mothers of their babies and their milk, and poisoning their own bodies and the land in the process, but your descendants certainly will not.

Raven
Member
Raven

“Awakening”, perhaps? No, it’s not scary or even a 1950’s commie plot either. Do we also ban related dairy products — cheese, butter, ice cream, coffee creme, whipped creme, some cosmetics, milk chocolate, Milk Duds, baking ingredients, Hollywood divas‘ milk baths, milkshakes, and a host of others? Campaign to find destructive foods elsewhere. Maybe chicken livers. They are probably deadly. Human milk is not for cows, either, but they aren’t mooing about the shortage. What will you do with all them there millions of cows with bursting udders? Turn them loose to explode and die in the fields? Make them emotional support pets? Require them in Christmas mangers? Race them at Mountaineer Resort? Send them to Norway to replace the reindeer? No, I can’t live on a diet of goat milk fudge and yak milk. Sorry.

Sardonicus
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Sardonicus

Let’s see … my ancestors milked cows and goats … Scandanavians milked reindeer … the Mongols milked their mares … Bedouins milked their camels … Tibetans milked yaks … Indian subcontinent peoples milked buffalo … sounds like lots of people around the world needed milk.
And guess what? Giraffe milk is kosher!

Accordingtome
Member
Accordingtome

You’ve mistaken an urban sprawl issue for an environmental danger. If “we” weren’t building houses on every possible plot of land, “we” wouldn’t be so concerned about how much water cows were drinking. You’re also rather misinformed about the toxicity of dairy, although I’m sure that the late “Dr.” James Winer has convinced you otherwise. The last time that I checked there hasn’t been a single coroner in any jurisdiction of the entire country who has listed milk toxicity as a cause of death on a single death certificate.

Moo.

Moon Tqp Trooper
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Moon Tqp Trooper

Nowadays people around here just pretend they’re farmers and act obnoxious

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