Dairy farm seeking online donations to stay in business - KCTV5

Dairy farm seeking online donations to stay in business

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TECUMSEH, KS (KCTV) -

The Iwig Family Dairy farm, located at 320 SE Tecumseh Rd. in Tecumseh, KS, is trying to stay in business and they're going to the web to do so. One of their perks is you could have one of their calves named after you.

A farmer's life is no walk in the park, but Tim Iwig will do anything to keep his family's dairy farm.

"We've been in this farm since 1910," Iwig said.

Iwig Family Dairy produces, bottles and sells dairy right from their Tecumseh, KS, farm. Some customers go to the farm to purchase raw milk, fresh from the cow.

"We originally went into whole sale and realized when I opened my own retail store, we should be retailing," Iwig said.

Business was going great and the Iwig's opened two more dairy stores in Lawrence and Topeka. Then, in 2011, the drought hit. Hay and corn feed for their cattle became scarce.

"We were terribly affected. We were doubly affected because what we went out to buy to replace what we couldn't grow, and it was two to three times the normal price," Iwig said.

The company declared bankruptcy. Now they must pay $650,000 in debt.

The Iwig's thought of a different way to bring in money, by looking for investors online at Indiegogo.com. Donors can give as little as $5.

"There's a reward for however much you contribute," Iwig said.

Rewards include a certificate and thank you card for saving square feet of farmland or naming a calf after you.

"I don't know if grandpa thought we would stay here this long. Since my family started this, I'd like to keep it," Iwig said.

For more information you can log on to indiegogo.com and search "last dairy standing."

The dairy's Lawrence location is 1901 Massachusetts St.

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