Posted by: winteridge | August 22, 2007

CashCows


Cashcows and Cows.

It is interesting to see how many of the dairy farmers on the Tug Hill have parted company with their herds, now that the windmill funds have started rolling in. Could it be that there was no true love there with ol’ Bossy after all? Milking cows is a lot of hard work and a lot of expense for very little net income-even when milk prices are high.  No doubt some farmers will reinvest the windfarm monies to help feed the cows and keep on trying to break even… for a while.

With the windmill farms, there is no feeding, no milking, no staying up all night with sick cows, no spiraling feed bills and high-priced equipment to break down, just sit back and watch the wind blow and the blades turning and wait for those checks. The locals fondly call the windmills their “Cash Cows”. Enough to pay the property taxes and maybe buy groceries. Rent out the cropland to the big-time farmers in the valley, and maybe even retire. “Our future is blowing in the Wind.” Of course, with times being as uncertain as they certainly are, there is no guarantee that the windmill payments will be there for the next 25 years, but then, social security and the stock market are mostly shaky too. So, sell the cows and hope that it all works out. Seems the government has been working for many years to put the small farmers out of business (how can we have too much milk anyway?), so this will help the cause, whatever it is. I wish them all the best of luck.

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