Production, processing capacity leading to milk dumping
Producer should have the volume recorded and evaluate options before disposing of milk.
With the school year ending and fluid milk orders down, milk supplies are running high, especially in the Midwest where the spring flush has been extended with cooler temperatures. Surplus milk was being discounted between $4 and $11 per hundredweight below the Class III price as cheesemakers remained at or near processing capacity. Milk handlers had trouble finding homes for extra loads, forcing some milk dumping.
For producers like Minnesota’s Mitch Thompson, it’s not the first time he’s experienced milk dumping. Previous cases, however, were related to snowstorms which prevented transporting milk in winter.