The impact of COVID-19 on the Dairy industry

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The Springfield Livestock Marketing Center is still going strong despite the coronavirus pandemic and statewide stay at home orders.

Dairy farmers, such as Doug Thomas, say smaller daries are getting squeezed out of the industry by big farms that can produce more.

“It’s hard to compete with them,” Thomas said. “They can produce milk cheaper than the people here can.”

Kurt Mottesheard, a cattle farmer, says businesses haul milk in because it’s less work.

“It becomes an issue of where they don’t want to stop a bunch of places to pick a little dab of milk up here or there or yonder to get a whole load, so if they can go to a big place that’s gonna fill up a 50,000 tanker of milk all in one stop so it’s all about money in the end really,” Mottesheard said.

“We don’t produce enough milk to supply Springfield let alone St. Louis, Kansas City and all those other big towns,” said Thomas.

Local dairy farmers say ups and downs with supply and demand have increased since the coronavirus pandemic, but the same worries go back several years.

“It’s not only because of what’s happened in the last week or two, it’s been on the downslide for the last two or three years,” Thomas said.

 Mottesheard says markets were starting to come back up before the pandemic, he hopes it will continue after it’s over.

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