Many Wisconsin dairy farmers may have to start dumping their milk next week. Grassland Dairy Products has told dozens of Wisconsin farmers it will no longer buy their milk starting in May. This is the result of a change in Canadian trade rules. Mandy Peirick’s family farm in Watertown, T&R Dairy is one of the farm caught in the cross-hairs, and speaks on behalf of farmers.
“May 1st comes and the milk has to start going down the drain” said Peirck. “I think we may be able to last a couple of months.”
Some farmers say they’ve found new milk processors, but most are still looking for a new source. The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board said there are ways consumers can help, like buying more Wisconsin dairy products, donating Wisconsin dairy products to a local food bank, or donate to the Great American Milk Drive.