Dairy Farming in St Lawrence County: change and challenge
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Just two decades later, there were only just over 2000 dairy farms operating.As technology advanced, farmers could do more, faster, better--but at a cost. The machinery and equipment needed to remain economically competitive was expensive.
The relationship between cows and people remained, but getting the milk to market became a business. Businesses require investment and a commitment to further growth; not every dairy farmer wanted to go that route.
In the article https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/34238/2017710/north-country-at-work-morley-s-pat-dominie-on-a-century-of-change-in-dairying, retired farmer Pat Dominie recalls her life as a dairy farmer:
"All of Pat's kids, four sons and one daughter, were involved on the farm growing up. She says as soon as they were old enough to carry a pail of milk-replacer, each kid was responsible for feeding a calf. They did daily chores and were expected to contribute.
"One of our biggest points of pride was that we instilled a work ethic in all of our kids. All of them have the same work ethic: you did it right the first time, you didn't cut corners."