Dairy farmers across in Wisconsin in America are being forced to dump milk as the Covid-19 crisis continues to deepen.
This comes following decreased demand due to the shutdown of schools, restaurants and food-service businesses in a bid to contain the spread of the virus.
The nation’s largest cooperative Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has asked large dairy farms (also known as CAFOs) to dump milk starting this week.
Plants operating at capacity
Kristen Coady, vice president of corporate communications for DFA said: “Due to the excess milk and plants already operating at capacity, there is more milk right now than space available in processing plants.”
“This, in combination with the perishable nature of our product, has resulted in a need to dispose of raw milk on farms.”
The co-op said it is working with customers to find additional options to retain as much value from its members’ milk as possible including finding additional venues to sell to.