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Dairy farms in Central New York have seen the spotlight with rising milk prices, the Farm Bill, and recently the yogurt craze, but tonight, we're digging deeper. Eyewitness News reporter Rachel Polansky shows us the "Life Of A Dairy Farmer." I woke up at 4am. I was on the Atrass Farm in Clayville by 5am. And I was milking a cow by 5:30am. But for Jeff Donahoe and his son, Rick, this is their everyday. "It's a 24/7 deal. Animals have to be taken care of, milked, 7 days a week," says Jeff Donahoe, owner of Atrass Farm. "Twice a day, you gotta feed 'em and clean 'em and bed 'em and checking on them, make sure everything's okay, waters working," says Rick Donahoe, Jeff and Audrey's son, Atrass Farm. Atrass Farm is a family owned and operated business. Jeff and his wife Audrey raised their 6 children on the farm. And while 2 of their grown children have moved out, Jeff says the farm is still home to 184 of their kids - that's 4 children plus 180 cows. "They're care depends on us and the better job we do; the better they do for us," says Jeff. "The harder you work, the more it pays off. That's taught me how to work hard to get what you want," says Rick. "And that's a big circle of the better we take care of them, the better they take care of us," says Jeff. Just a single meal with the Donahoes and you can tell their a close knit family. You'd think this togetherness would raise some future farmers? "I like taking care of the cows and being around them but I don't think I'd ever want to be a farmer," says Allison Donahoe, Jeff and Audrey's daughter, Atrass Farm. Still for 16-year-old Allison, farming has led her down a different, but rather familiar path. "I want to be a large animal vet when I'm older to work with cows. I take care of all the animals at the barn, I treat them with medicines that they need to be treated with," says Allison. And for 12-year-old Sam, he's had a childhood he'll never forget. "Being able to help my dad give birth to a calf and then in a few years, actually milk the cow with my dad, and being able to watch it grow up," says Sam Donahoe, Jeff and Audrey's son, Atrass Farm. "We develop that teamwork, I'm with my kids, they're with us. We work together all the time, we complain together too. It's just having everybody close together that's the most satisfying for me," says Audrey Donahoe, owner of Atrass Farm.

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