Tragic economic impact mounts; Dairies dump milk during shortages

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In a tragic example of the damage being inflicted on the economy by the virus, dairy farmers around the country are dumping millions of pounds of milk every day.

Milk is highly perishable and there is not enough storage and processing capacity for products that are no longer needed during the almost nationwide lockdown, or shelter in place orders, closing restaurants and schools, among other dairy customers.

Coronavirus changes the way Americans eat

Before the “shelter-in-place” orders were enacted in almost every state in the Union, Americans enjoyed meals out at restaurants and children ate a lot of their meals at schools. 40% of dairy products went to food service, and that market has collapsed.

About half of U.S. consumers’ food budget was spent on restaurants, and we’ve shut that spigot off,” said Matt Gould, editor at trade publication Dairy & Food Market Analyst.

All of that is changed now with most restaurants closed or only serving take-out. Children no longer go to school, and people not working in essential industries are staying home. Most people are eating three meals a day at home.

This change is hard on the consumer and the producer.

With America eating three meals a day at home, dairy products are in high demand and often in short supply. Part of the reason for empty milk shelves in grocery stores is just logistics.

For dairy cooperatives, it is not easy to change the packaging of products from wholesale for restaurants and schools to retail to be sold in grocery stores. Milk is being dumped because the change cannot be made fast enough or it isn’t cost-effective.

So, milk is being dumped, even when Americans want more of it.

32 Responses

  1. In Chesapeake VA the milk cases are never full. Very little selection. The Kids may not be at school drinking it but they are home and still need it

    1. Seriously they should give it to charities!!! Elderly could use it!!! Send it to groceries!!!!! Not that hard to change labels!!! Kids are at home they need milk!!! People are staying at home and eating three meals a day!!!! Some day cares are still open!!!! Donate it that’s pathetic that you just dump it!!! Donate it and claim it on taxes

  2. Stores are limiting milk, I am using almost a gallon more each week, not only are children home, grown sons and daughters as well as husbands in some cases, which means more cereal, more milk, ust an excuse to raise prices, still short on TP, hand cleaner, cleaning supplies normally used, paaper towels and other things, Watch the prices soar.

  3. Milk has sky rocketed where I live, just like toilet paper and many day to day items. I’m fortunate and pay the price but the “new” unemployed it is a hardship. I would think some better than dumping it on the ground could be done. As usual it’s about money and money again.

  4. this is just one of the many things to be impacted, I expect fresh produce to be next followed by various meats and total destruction of many agribusiness. This is what the President was trying to explain on needing to get business back open as soon as safely possible so the shutdown does not become worse than the virus. However the media and many others are blasting and fault finding on his trying to make everyone aware that if we don’t pay attention to all aspects of the many problems we will destroy ourselves from within. Wake up as dumped milk and spoiled foods can never be replaced especially with the sources destroyed.

  5. Who is more foolish than Americans at large to tolerate deliberate waste to further jack up prices? Criminal intent like this one should be punished and quickly.such toleration is participation.

  6. We’re at war, battling vs. the unseen(Covid-19) and seen enemies(Democrats engineered or backed by the wicked powerful enemies behind). Why the enemies never care about this Covid-19 or how many died. Look at Nancy Pelosi, she is in her 80 and she still has all energy like she has a legion in her body to plan more wicked things vs. Pre. Trump. Nancy’s real name is “Legion”. Democrats are demons and their job is to take down the Republic, and collect unsaved souls to hell with them. These demons use all tactics to destroy our economy by all means.
    But, Please have no fear, we’ll prevail very soon. We have the President who’ve prayed non-stop to GOD to guide and save us. Even if some may have to leave this world they’ll be saved (see Proverbs 14:32).
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  7. From what I’ve read in the past, it’s not unusual for Dairy companies to “throw-out” milk. The Dairy Cow cannot “stop” producing milk, when her calf needs to nurse. So the Dairy producer’s cycle is to have cows pregnant, giving birth, nursing her calf, thus producing milk, then repeat. No calf, no milk. Sounds sick, and it is, in the way we think of treating our farm animals humanely. In order to keep the retail/whole sale prices “steady”, Dairy farms have always “had” to dump milk. Guess it would take organization and maybe using technology we probably already have, For Dairy farmers to HAVE “at a moments notice”, direct shipments & shippers “standing ready” to ship over-stocked milk to charities. Where is our sense of obligation, these day.

  8. I think we need to rethink how we teach this new generation. Don’t they know that milk would be a lot better for the kids than sodas, and supposed to be energy water that their parents buy and other crazy stuff promoted on tv. The govt gives them coupon and other financial help, but what I see in their shopping cart is not what’s best for kids. And then they get to the cashier and pickup cigarettes, and alcohol beverages for themselves. Some of us didn’t teach them right, and then they complain that they need more money like we can just reach out and grab it from the air. After 80 + years in this crazy I guess that I had to be part of this failed education where every one that necessities of life just fall off the sky.

    1. All my life, I’ve seen advertisers brainwash parents into thinking sweets are for children, that’s it’s necessary for some reason. I didnt raise my son to think that way, and he loves drinking water, and he cooks meals with healthy vegetables and lean meat. When he was young, I’d let him try samples of new foods, and he usually ate them, and liked them.

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