pellaz saidi am familiar with a dairy operation in eastern Colorado and it is well managed to be profitable. The disease abatement, rats, chemicals and animal husbandry management... is outside my tolerance range.
Just an aside: in 1985 I judged a high school national science fair in Minot, North Dakota, on behalf of the Army. Had about 600 entrants, all spread in booths through a local shopping mall.
And one of the teens had a presentation on dairy farming, which her family did on their farm. Her focus was the computerization of modern dairy farming. She had all kinds of printed reports and graphs, for every member of their herd.
To make sure it just wasn't last year's recycled entry by an older brother or sister, or created by her parents for her, I questioned her. But she knew her stuff. They were tracking and graphing not only individual cow output volume, but analyzing milk quality. Components like milk fat, which fetches the highest market price.
She showed me that some cows produced good volume, but weak milk. Tested daily, tracked over weeks and months. She knew who their most valuable cow was, and the least they were probably going to replace. How different feeds and other conditions affected milk production.
What amazed me was this kind of automated farm tracking in 1985. These dairy farmers weren't asleep at the switch! They were right on top of things, maximizing their operation and profits. On relatively small farms in the middle of nowhere, so remote you'd be surprised they even had phone service.
Well, anywho, your comments made me recall that, from 30 years ago. Gawd only knows how sophisticated the dairy industry is today.