- Associated Press - Saturday, March 1, 2014

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Every day, Jeff Dismukes gets up at 3 a.m. to feed the 50-odd cows on his dairy farm in the Blackman area. On a good day, he starts milking at 4:30 a.m. If things go well, he is done at 6:30 a.m.

After that, Dismukes can have breakfast.

Dismukes said he is about to hang up the hat and quit the farm. At 65 years old, it is just getting to be too much. He is not the first to do that.

In 1975, there were 10,500 dairy cows in Rutherford County. Now there are approximately 700.

A dairy farmer’s work is never over, Dismukes said during a recent interview at his farm. There are no days off.