Cattle Farmers Stampede To Beef

Changing Economic Realities Accelerate Transition From Dairy Operations

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Posted: February 23, 2013

Cattle farmer Kenny Lohr of Mayland looks over some of the 80 Holstein heifers he’s selling. “I just got tired of it” after 50 years in the dairy industry, he says — but he’s considering getting into the beef cattle business. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Mayland farmer Kenny Lohr inspects some of the dairy cattle he’s planning to sell. The Shenandoah Valley is becoming prime turf for beef cattle raising, a field Lohr is considering after 50 years as a dairyman.
A breeding bull mingles with a group of Holstein heifers at Kenny Lohr’s farm in Mayland on Tuesday.
HARRISONBURG — Eighty dairy cows still wander the pastures on Kenny Lohr’s Broadway-area farm, but not for much longer.

A 50-year veteran of the dairy industry, Lohr has finally decided to bow…

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