A Lot Of Milk Was Lost To COVID-19

IARN — “June is dairy month.” You are probably hearing that a lot on your local radio stations, and along your Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network affiliates. It is the time we celebrate all that is good in the dairy industry. We definitely need to get back into thinking positive about the industry. New data came out that suggests that April was not dairy month.

The photos of producers dumping milk down the drain are some of the lasting images that will haunt us from the COVID-19 outbreak. The industry lost so much demand with the shutting down of foodservice industries and restaurants. However, you saw demand skyrocket on the consumer side. It created a sharp contrast of two markets and let people wondering why the milk for foodservice could not just be moved into the consumer side. Amanda Durow is a dairy producer and a Vice President with CoBank. She said the juxtaposition of the markets created an interesting one-two punch.

For more on this story, including audio with Amanda Durow, visit the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network.



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