Grassland Dairy not taking farmers' milk

Published: Apr. 4, 2017 at 4:04 PM CDT
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Dozens of dairy farmers around Wisconsin don't know where to send their milk now that Grassland Dairy said it won't take it.

Action 2 News was told about 75 dairy farmers, mostly in Wisconsin, received a letter from Grassland Dairy Monday.

The letter states the company is cutting back on the amount of milk it buys because of new dairy regulations in Canada, where the company currently ships of lot of its products.

The new regulations mean they won't be able to sell there anymore and won't need as much milk to produce those products.

It said starting May 1, Grassland Dairy won't be accepting milk from dozens of farms in our area.

"Really sent a lot of families, a lot of dairy families in Wisconsin, into a whirlwind on to 'what do we do now?' considering that we're working in a market that's already flooded with product?" said Dori Lichty, a dairy farmer.

She said most dairy farmers ship all of their milk to one company, so finding another company to buy their milk is critical, but difficult.

"We have spent the last 24 hours on the phone calling around trying to find ideas, find market opportunities," Lichty said.

She said she remains optimistic.

Action 2 News called Grassland Dairy but did not receive a call back.

Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-Green Bay) released this statement Tuesday evening:

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