Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cheese makers blame Canada

Cheese makers in Wisconsin are cutting contracts with farmers and blaming Canada.

Greenwood-based Grassland Dairy Products, recently said it was dropping several farms because it lost millions of dollars when Canada changed its milk pricing policies to recapture markets taken by diafiltered milk imports.

That means dozens of dairy farms in the U.S. will no longer have a milk processor as of May 1.

Farmers who have been selling to Grassland are pleading for help, but most processing plants are already running at full capacity and aren't accepting more farms.

Federal and state lawmakers have been trying to find short-term solutions, as well as investigating trade pacts with Canada.

Mullins Cheese is an exception, taking on eight farmers who lost their contracts and saying they found them to be excellent herd managers.