Wednesday, September 22, 2021
74.6 F
Beaver
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
74.6 F
Beaver

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.

Dairy farming is a family business, both out of necessity and because few outsiders would ever dream of an occupation that requires such dogged dedication. Cows need to be milked twice a day, every day. Mornings began before dawn. There are no vacations, no sick days, no excuses.

“You crawl out of bed when you’re sick, when it’s Christmas morning, when it’s 20 below,” Sen. Elder Vogel Jr. said. “You have to be a little crazy, I guess. You have to have it in your blood.”

Continue reading the rest of this article by becoming a subscriber. Your support makes our local reporting in Beaver County possible.
Subscribe Now! Log In
April Johnston
April Johnston
April is a BeaverCountian.com contributing features reporter. Her work has earned more than 30 regional, state, and national awards.

Latest News

Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty For Ambridge Mother Accused Of Killing Her Kids

Prosecutors have announced they will be seeking the death penalty against an Ambridge mother accused of killing her two...
error: Alert: Content is protected!