Family-Owned Dairy Farm Downsizes after 146 Years

Every day Robert Guptill wakes up before the crack of dawn to milk his cows, but that’s about to change.

“It’s too much work for an old 69-year-old farmer,” said Guptill, a fourth generation farmer.

The Cedar Valley Farms have been in business since 1866, but with changing times and financial burdens, it’s time for the family-owned business to look at other options.

The owner is selling 60 of his milk cows to other farms around Maine. “We don’t like to do it, we don’t like to put people out of business,” said Jeffery Tilton, who’s buying the cattle.

The farm’s financial problems began three years ago. The barn caught fire and they were never really able to recover. Guptill said, “When the barn burned, I said I didn’t want to be the generation to quit, but I guess I am.”

This farmer isn’t quitting just yet, but with no one to take over the family business, he needs to downsize. “Over the last 20 years there’s been a real big change. Real big change,” said Tilton.

After being in a routine for over 60 years, it will be hard to Guptill to ever sleep in. He said, “I’m retiring, but I wont stop working.”

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