With milk prices projected to fall and fuel costs high, more small dairy farms are going out of business.
Vermont has lost 14 dairy farms this year. A few have started up, but overall, the number of farms continues to drop in a state long known for its milk and cheese.
Third-generation Vermont dairy farmers Michael and Steven MacLaren auctioned off their roughly 200 cows and equipment this
month at the Plainfield farm their grandfather bought in 1939.
Economic issues aside, the MacLarens are tired of being tied to
the farm seven days a week. They plan to keep the land and grow
feed - corn and grass for hay and silage - instead.
Michael MacLaren says it's been "a long hard grind" and he'd like a change.