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Dairy Farmers Say Trump’s Deportations Could Dry Up Milk Supply

  • Unexpected bastion of resistance forms amid the bovine herds
  • Unlike other farms, dairy operations need workers year-round
Dairy cows wait to be milked at a farm on Sept. 29, 2010, in West Bend, Wisconsin.
Photographer: Darren Hauck/Getty Images

Mark Diederichs wiped a splatter of manure from his arm as four Hispanic workers guided the next 44 cows into stalls, swabbed each animal’s teats with neon-blue disinfectant and attached computer-controlled milking-machine units.

They moved quickly, repeating the thrice-daily process until the Wisconsin dairy’s 2,650 cattle had provided more than 10,000 gallons. If Donald Trump has his way, Diederichs says, the farm he runs may not have enough people to tend the herd because about two-thirds of his 35 full-time workers are immigrants.