Organic milk gives the farmer more money than conventional milk, and the product is not used widely at schools and restaurants. Organic dairy farmers are riding out the wave of COVID-19, but there are bigger problems on the horizon.
Dairy farmers with big herds have access to more technology and resources to overcome challenges during COVID-19. Smaller co-ops with retail contracts also help weather the storm.
Dairy farmers are skeptical the industry will bounce back in the near future. Farms are cutting down the size of their herds, and government sponsored relief programs are becoming an essential lifeline for dairy farmers.
The market for dairy crashed after states issued orders to close schools and restaurants. Grocery stores were running out of dairy products, while at the same time, farms were being forced to dump their milk.