NYT on dairy farmer suicide

The New York Times paints a devastating portrait of Dean Pierson, the Copake dairy farmer who shot and killed 51 of his cows and then himself last month.

George Beneke, the family vet for 40 years, said Dean Pierson was a good farmer, just as his father was. But being a good farmer gave Helmer Pierson a successful farm to pass down to his son and being a good farmer gave Dean Pierson a life where you worked a 15-hour day and at the end of it handed someone a $100 bill for the privilege.