Saturday, January 23, 2010


The Associated Press
Friday, January 22, 2010; 10:54 PM

COPAKE, N.Y. -- State police in New York say an upstate dairy farmer shot and killed 51 of his milk cows in his barn before turning the rifle on himself.

State police found the body of 59-year-old Dean Pierson in his Copake barn on Thursday. A visitor found a note Pierson had left on the barn door that said not to come in and to call police.

State police would only say that Pierson was having personal issues.

Any "personal issue" is bound to be made worse by financial stress. What dairy farmer today is not experiencing financial stress?

"E pluribus unum is surely an ironic motto to inscribe on the currency of this Utopia gone bust," said Kurt Vonnegut in his novel "God Bless You Mr. Rosewater"(1965).

Lives, how many lives must be sacrificed before these false gods of "supply and demand"?


  1. My heart goes out to the family of Mr. Pierson.

    We should all make copies of this article and mail it to the Secretary of Ag, our representatives, Christine Varney, our processors and to local media.


    this is the article i put on my blog today this really upsets me alot

    a lot

  3. I read about this yesterday morning and the sadness stuck with me all day. Such a tragedy. and I am sure the public would have neither known nor paid attention if they did know, but for the cows involved. So sad...