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Unprecedented measures as dairy farmers asked to dump milk due lack of demand

With a glut in supply due to COVID-19, dairy farmers around the region are being asked to dump their milk.

2020-04-06 11:00:00 PM

A disruption in dairy supply chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced some North American farmers to get rid of their fresh milk. Read more:

With a glut in supply due to COVID-19, dairy farmers around the region are being asked to dump their milk.

"They are full of milk every day for us. On Friday and Saturday at Walker Farms southeast of Aylmer, Ont. they've been asked to take their milk, and dispose of it."There is just nowhere for it to go," says Walker. "Schools, restaurants, and even Tim Hortons' amount of cream is down. Those are all things that have slowed down demand for our product right now."

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The Dairy Farmers (DFO) of Ontario called for unprecedented measures this week with low demand."Disposing of milk is an extraordinary measure, and one that Dairy Farmers of Ontario has only ever considered in emergency situations," Cheryl Smith, chief executive officer of DFO said in a statement.

"Yet, this week, we informed producers that these measures would be necessary on a select and rotating basis. Ontario producers continue to do their part to nourish Canadians with high-quality milk, and we are working very closely with processors and industry groups to respond to the unpredictable market fluctuations that are now part of our current environment."

Farmers, who will be paid for the milk are saying as many as five million litres will be dumped weekly.Walker says he believes the staff at DFO are working hard to figure this out, which is a tough job."Farmers, and many other industries are all feeling it in the province," says Walker. "The quicker we get through this the better."

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Cute engineer It seems to me that the farmers should partner with, or become cheese makers so we don't waste it, or powdering. Freedom for the enslaved cows 2020 we have no money To bad it couldn't be dumped on Trudeau door step People should research dairy products/ farmers before making a comment Take the milk and distribute it to shelters, take part of the milk and make cheese and then distribute that cheese to the needy as well. There is no reason to discard it. When this pandemic is over, the milk industry will raise their prices to compensate for the loss.

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Why in the world are stores rationing milk and limiting customers to two bags then?! Someone really needs to get communication chains flowing better in our country. You're throwing away milk that many of us are going to the store to try and buy but can't--shouldn't be like this. Good! Milk is horrible for you! We are literally the only species on the planet who drink milk past nursing. getoffthetit

what’s funny is CTV doesn’t say the whole story - milk producers dump roughly 600,000 gallons monthly ... this isn’t news this is a fact of production Perhaps the baby calves that have been taken away from their mothers could be given the milk? This is criminal. Poor family farmers? This is a manufactured product. No cute pictures of Bessie out in the pasture.

Disgusting and outrageous Forced ? Under our supply management regime they get paid whether the milk is sold or not There are literally thousands of organizations in this country that could have made use of that milk I am sure the industry is out spinning like dervishes as always though Can't you lower the price so some poorer families can give their children milk You would rather dump it then sell it cheaper to those who need it Wow, you make too much money, greedy greedy greedy.

The poor momma cows whose little boy cows were slaughtered as waste... shame on this industry. Yet Grants Independent in Hanover is rationing milk to their customers just a few hours ago. Sign said they are having a hard time sourcing it. Hello food banks can use them.. low income ppl.. donate it

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