California is branded as the state with happy cows, but increasingly, not necessarily happy dairy owners. For many of them in the nation’s No. 1 dairy state it’s getting tougher to make a living, that’s why some are some selling their cattle and heading to the Midwest.
A full quarter of California dairies have been shuttered since 2007, according to Michael Marsh, CEO of Western United Dairymen.
“They’ve just closed their doors and they’ve decided to make their investment in other states,” Marsh said.