Ellsworth, Wisconsin may be known as the “cheese curd capitol” – but those cheese curds aren’t moving like they were pre-covid. With that in mind, dairy farms that partner with Ellsworth Cooperative received letters that say they may be dumping milk as soon as next week.
In the letter, aside from explaining the possibility of having to dump milk, a new wrinkle was offered to farms that would quit dairying all together. Under the board approved plan, dairies would be paid all of their patron equity dating back to 2010 and through 2019 if they sell all their cows by April 15th. There are other additional requirements that must be met.
The company points to the dramatic drop they’ve seen in cheese prices at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and cancelled orders from some of the food service partners as the major drivers to this historic, unprecedented move. They also note they are still processing the milk they have in plant.
WAXX-FM, Midwest Farm Report Broadcaster, Bob Bosold spoke with one of the impacted dairy farmers and current board member, Martin Hallock of Mondovi on the situation.
Listen to Bob and Marty’s conversation by pressing play below.
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