32,000-Cow SuperMax Dairy Factory

This video was submitted to the Journal by Scott from Alliance, Ohio. Scott is a member of Ohio Connections.

This public relations commercial from Fair Oaks Farms of Indiana shows a factory of 32,000 cows supplying milk to 8 million people every day through WalMart stores. There is no mention or video of the cows on grass and pasture. In the 5 minute video, you will see the big barns in this confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) surrounded by 25,000 acres of probably just cornfields– part of the feed.

These types of confinement centers feed antibiotics, artificial growth hormones and poor, cheap feed to the cows and milk them 3 times a day without sunlight. I would be willing to bet that the sludge from the manure methane-producing digesters are mixed in with the cow feed (it used to be, and may still, allowed by USDA). The life of these cows will not exceed 2 years versus 12 years for a properly raised dairy cow. These type of facilities will be cropping up more and more around the country; including those for hogs and chicken egg factories.

The facility is set up like a Disneyland for tourists to view high-tech modern food production. See if you can notice the deception and half-truths and omissions.

I am pretty certain, the feed is mixed with ethanol wastes from several nearby ethanol plants used for auto fuel–yet another scam. What’s more, I just calculated on my fingers, it probably takes 200 large trucks per day to transport the bottled milk to WalMart distribution centers.

This is one of the reasons why a normal dairy farmer gets so little for his milk–because the market seeks the lowest price– and there is a high supply of milk– not to mention a huge quantity of imported milk products.

It would be interesting to find out how the “family-owned” dairy “farm” company came to acquire 25,000 continguous acres. Through unethical environmental takings or other “legal” takings? You can be sure there were state and local government cooperation with WalMart and the dairy company, including tax incentives and possibly government grants. You can be sure that the massive project devalued the adjacent land, and the land-owning sellers got a fraction of what would be fair market value.

Knowing WalMart, as soon as they can find a milk source for a nickel a gallon cheaper from Mexico or Canada, they will terminate their contract here, leaving the owners millions of dollars in debt.

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6 responses to “32,000-Cow SuperMax Dairy Factory

  1. That is exactly what WalMart has done over and over.

  2. I will never purchase milk from them – only organic milk for me. The cows must have one hell of a life standing in those stalls all day/night – no green grass for them – terrible.

    • You can have organic CAFOs…its done. Trust me.

      Organic is simply a fee to be able to charge more money for a wide range of products that may not be anywhere close to sustainable.

      Much like “free range”.

      The surest way to know your food source is to know the farmer.

  3. The reference to the cows living not more than 2 years is not accurate. The cow will calf when about 2, but will only have about 1.7 milking cycles and die before age 4 years. So, life as a milk production machine is less than 2 years.

  4. Sally McD wrote to me:
    I have a feeling that “Big Dairy” is in bed with “Big Oil” because we are shipping cows to the middle East, importing milk from Mexico, forcing the small dairy out of existence, filling the grocery store shelves and fast food restaurants with cheep(and addicting) foods, causing an epidemic of obesity, and laziness, and making a whole nation dependent on mega-grocery stores.

    AND it is becoming a punishable criminal activity to family farm & barter & trade with neighbors for foods.

    Tomorrow I hope I am a bit happier then I am today.
    -Sally McD

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