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06/29/05 XP Dairy, 50 plus years and still going
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Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: June 29, 2005

Dana and Vicky Purdy and their daughters Rhiannon and Holly operate a dairy near Boise. Like the others in Idaho, its a family owned farm but its not of the scale of most of this states dairies.

DANA This is the XP Dairy. My parents, my mom and dad, Clarence and Carol Purdy started this dairy back in the early 50s.
VICKY We milk 80 Holsteins. We farm 129 acres. We raise all our own replacements, we have a closed herd. We raise all our own feed, makes it really nice.
DANA-We pride ourselves in trying to keep our cows as clean as they can. In my opinion, a happy cow, a clean cow gives more milk than one thats pushed with a lot of bst and a lot of shots and stuff.
VICKY -I have my Sunday morning prayers with the cows in the barn pretty much. We work seven days a week, 24/7, 365 days a year.
DANA-Some people ask you if its boring. Well theres absolutely nothing boring about it but the every-dayness of it does kind of wear you down. Its been a good life!

Tomorrow, the Purdys daughters have their say about growing up on a dairy farm.

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