Living Large

Finding the sweet spot with more cows

  When Rod Hissong returned to his family's farm in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, in 1998, the family was milking 200 cows - a large farm for the area, and much bigger than the seven-cow operation his grandfather had started out with when he returned from World War II. Today, Mercer Vu Farms milks 1,560 cows, with another 175 mature cows on the property and 1,700 head of young stock. That rapid growth has been spurred by the family's commitment to keeping the farm in operation and finding what he calls the "sweet spot" of economies of scale, where size and efficiency meet.
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