A Wisconsin dairy farmer said he dumped 56,000 pounds of milk on Friday, blaming coronavirus pandemic because there was no place for him to haul his product after restaurant closures.
The milk harvested from the nearly 1,000 cows will rot, Mark Mueller told WFRV.
Mueller said he’s worried the COVID-19 pandemic is preventing dairy farmers from getting their milk to the market.
“It’s really depressing,” said Mueller. “It’s like all your hard work just running down the drain.”
Mueller is not the only farmer dumping milk.
At Golden E Dairy near West Bend, farmer Ryan Elbe said his dairy farm is dumping about 30,000 gallons (113,562 liters) a day.
“We thought this would never happen,” Elbe said. “Everybody’s rushing to the grocery store to get food, and we have food that’s literally being dumped down the drain.”
Local station CBS-12 reported that Elbe’s cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America, has agreed to pay them for milk that’s being dumped.
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