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David Fuller has been a dairy farmer here since 1977. He says it’s the life he’s loved since he was a small child. He says when he was a kid, his mom couldn’t figure out why he and his brother were throwing up grass. “She let us go out … and there we were under the picnic table eating grass,” he says. “She said, ‘Why are you doing this?’ and I told her, ‘I just want to be a cow!’ ” he laughs.

He continues: “How fun is that … and look where it got me!”

Years later, Fuller says there is no longer enough money in running a small dairy farm.

He says his children have their own careers and they don’t see a future in dairy farming. “I think that the kids that grew up on small farms hear their parents always struggling with money,” he says. “I think they all ask themselves, ‘Why do I want to do that?’ So there wasn’t a transition to go to the family.”

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