MADISON (WKOW) — Republicans are expressing frustration days after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue suggested small dairy farms might need to get bigger to survive.
Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman told 27 News he was “very disappointed” by Perdue’s comments.
“… I’ve made my feelings known in Washington,” said Grothman.
Grothman made his comments Thursday during taping for Capital City Sunday.
Earlier this week at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Perdue told reporters “the big get bigger and the small go out.”
When asked if Perdue’s comments we’re appropriate, Rep. Grothman said “no.”
“I think right now, the ability to survive depends upon how much debt you have but I think certainly there’s room for the 100, 200, 300 cow dairy farmer — they just have to be more efficient than ever,” he said.
Last year Wisconsin lost nearly 700 dairy farms, or about two a day.