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."
"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 . . .
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.