ISSUE DATE: 05/25/2009
There was a time when the Ozark region of southern Missouri was known as "Little Wisconsin." The rocky grass-covered hills were not suitable for corn and soybean production but they were ideal for small dairy farms.
"We have a good area for grazing livestock," Larry Purdom said. "We can pasture cattle even after a big rain, and we have a long growing season."
Still, that advantage has not been enough to keep the dairy business strong in Missouri. David Drennan, executive director of the Missouri Dairy Association, said there were 20,000 dairy farms in Missouri in 1975, but today there are only 2,000 dairy farms in the state. Drennan said that number reflects farms with one dairy cow or more. The actual number of permanent dairy farms is probably closer to 1,600. Slowly, Missouri dairy producers like Purdom are seeing the decline of "Little Wisconsin."
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