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Beth Scott | Beacon Milk prices aff ecting local dairy farms Daughertys also have 1,400 acres of grain they farm. Th ey are also planning to expand their dairy farm pro- By Beth Scott beth@coshoctoncountybeacon.com FRESNO – In 2014, milk prices were going strong and dairy farms around the country were thriving. Since that time, due to an overabundance of milk and farm- ers fl ooding the market, milk prices have decreased drastically. “You usually have fl uctuations from year-to-year, but this has been going on for fi ve years now,” said Bill Daugherty, a fi fth generation dairy farmer in Fresno. “It’s been a very challenging stretch for the country, the state, and the county. Dairy farmers have lost a lot of in- frastructure with dairies going out of business. If milk is their only source of income, it’s been a diffi cult stretch.” “So many people want to get out of the dairy busi- ness,” said Bill’s wife, Caroline. “It’s sad because it’s their livelihood and I’m sure their farm has been passed down from generation to generation.” To help supplement the decrease in milk prices, the “It’s been a very challenging stretch for the country, the state, and the county. Dairy farmers have lost a lot of infrastructure with dairies going out of business. If milk is their only source of income, it’s been a diffi cult stretch.” - Bill Daugherty duction. Currently, they milk 120 to 130 Holstein cows but plan to expand this summer to 220 to 240. Beth Scott | Beacon “We feel we need to become more eff ective, so we are looking to build a new facility with four robotic milkers and 220 stalls,” said Bill. “We are hoping to break ground this spring or summer and hope to be milking with the new machines within a year.” Th e Daughertys decided to install robotic milking about four or fi ve years ago and would visit other dairies throughout the country that had robotic milking as they traveled the country with their daughter’s basketball team. Robotic milkers can improve production of milk, decreases labor for the farmer, scans the animal for any health problems, and can tell which cows have and have not been milked. “We want to prepare ourselves for when milk prices comes back up on the upswing,” said Bill. “We want to take advantage of that time.” Th e Daughertys will also be constructing a new barn that will have a sand bedding fl ushing system where sand will automatically be fl ushed and recycled sand will be added to the stalls once a week. 16 TH ANNUAL SAVIN’ O THE GREEN OVER 200 USED CARS TO CHOOSE FROM! 0036_031319 740-622-0001 801 South Second St., Coshocton www.jeffdrennenford.com Brian Stillion 6-B THE BEACON Adam Mills Dave VanDyne Travis Williams Tiffany Johnson Jamie Rice www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com Hours: Mon- 9-8pm, Tue-Wed-9-6pm, Thur- 9-8pm, Fri-9-6pm, Sat-9-4 MARCH 13, 2019