Many dairy farmers have experienced the up’s and down’s of milk prices over the years. Most have known the joys and profits, sorrows and losses over time. The low points that we have experienced sometimes drag out too long and are often beyond a producer’s control. Not only low milk prices can be a factor, but others such as weather, disaster, death, divorce, and debt can wreak havoc on a producer financial situation and their mental health.
In the Four-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference Dairy Farm Stress Webinar Series part 1 Recognizing and Managing Stress in Dairy Farmers, UW-Extension Biological Systems Engineering Extension Specialist John Shutske and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist Larry Tranel discuss why dairy farm stress is difficult and what stress is.
For a collection of recent farm stress resources, please visit Agriculture Safety & Health Information Clearinghouse.