dairy farm

Central Standard
4:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

The Missouri Dairy Industry Crisis

The dairy farm has been a staple of the idea of the American farm, but approximately 2,500 smaller dairy farms in Missouri have closed shop, unable to compete with larger operations. 

Now, according to Missouri State Representative Casey Guernsey, 60 percent of Missouri's milk is imported because of the decreasing number of local dairy farms.

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Up To Date
1:36 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

90-Mile View: Dairyman Looks To New Zealand Model

Eric Neill discusses his dairy operation, located in Cass County, Mo.
Credit Beth Lipoff/KCUR

We’ve been keeping abreast with dairy farmer Eric Neill out at his place in Cass County, Mo. Through drought and mud, searing heat and freezing cold, it’s never the same two years in a row for Neill and his family.

Thursday, Eric talks with host Steve Kraske about the options he's weighing to keep the dairy afloat, including his return to work and copying the New Zealand practice of hiring a "share milker."

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Up To Date
6:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

90-Mile View: Eric Neill

Eric Neill among his "ladies" at Neill & Sons Dairy.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

"When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." So goes the saying, but when your life is milk, lots of milk, what do you do?

On this edition of 90-Mile View, dairyman Eric Neill tells Steve Kraske how things are going on the farm, including getting ready to bring new "ladies" into the herd.  Then Eric's partner, and wife, Julie has been busy exploring other options for the dairy's daily production. When life hands you milk . . .

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90-Mile View
1:51 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

90-Mile View: Eric Neill

Weather plays a major role in agriculture.  Just ask dairyman Eric Neill.  Last summer it was drought, then record snows this past winter.  Now it's rain . . . lots and lots of rain.

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90-MIle View
6:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

90-Mile View: Eric Neill

Eric Neill with his dairy cows in Cass County, Missouri
Frank Morris KCUR

Maybe 2009 wasn't the best year to decide to become a full-time dairy farmer but Eric Neill had waited long enough.  Despite the economic downturn and some severe weather, Eric exhibits the optimism for which farmers and ranchers are known.

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Up To Date
2:18 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Update From Cass Co. Dairy Farmer Eric Neill

Frank Morris KCUR-FM

When we last spoke with dairy farmer Eric Neill, he was in the middle of trying to get his dairy cows through this summer's drought.

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