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Gillibrand wants more cows

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, is trying to turn around the decreasing cow population in New York State.

From 2002 to 2012 the state's cow population decreased by almost 65,000, according to a report based on information from the United States Department of Agriculture. A full copy of that report is available below.

Gillibrand is proposing legislation that would make New York's dairy farmers more competitive with price reforms. Read more about it HERE.

The Capital Region lost 17,200 cows over the last decade.

Montgomery County went from 16,000 to 13,200, Fulton County went from 3,500 to 1,900, Schenectady County went from 900 to 200 and Schoharie County went from 7,500 to 5,900. The lone increase for the region was in Saratoga County, where the cow population went from 7,500 to 8,100.

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NYS Dairy Report

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April 2, 2013
3:37 p.m.

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It's time for our representatives to address this pricing matter. It's a crime for the farmers of America to have to fight the present inequitable pricing system while trying to make a living. It's a 24 hour, 7 day a week industry. My recommendation is every legislator should go to work on a farm for a minimum of a week to find out the complexities and knowledge necessary to manage even one farm. Stand up America and support Kristen Gillibrandt before it is too late. The farming knowledge handed down from generation to generation will be lost if this trend continues.

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