The growth of the dairy industry across the High Plains has been a boon to the economy and communities of the region. Urbanization and increasing regulation in states such as California are often cited as the reason for the migration of large dairies to our area. But there’s also on overall industry consolidation underway that’s driving out small producers from nearby states, including dairyman Donnie Davidson and others in Missouri, as profiled in this story from Harvest Public Media.
Donnie Davidson’s family has been producing bottled milk in Holden, Mo., since the 1930s. But the 63-year-old farmer decided to sell his herd of 50 milking cows in November after the roof on one of his barns collapsed from last winter’s snow.