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A milk cow waits to be milked at Lellan Barlow's dairy farm on Woodlawn Road Wednesday.
Some Nelson County dairy farmers losing a way of life

Last month there were seven dairy farmers in Nelson County.

Soon there will be only three or four.

After getting “the letter” from Dean Foods informing them the company would no longer be buying their milk, Terry Waldridge and his father, a dairy farmer for nearly 40 years, decided it was time to quit.

Waldridge, 37, sorted out a third of his herd Friday morning to send to slaughter.

“They’re going to be hamburger,” he said.