Excess Milk Production In Idaho, Not Enough Buyers

More milk production is not always good news for dairy owners.

"We're in a situation today where we've got more local milk production than we have processing capacity that can handle the production," said Rick Naerebout, CEO of the Idaho Dairymen's Association. "And so we're faced with a situation where we have to push milk out of the area to find homes to process it."

Naerebout said he heard word in the fall that some facilities will lose their contract effective the first of the new year.

"It was a bit of surprise for everybody," he said. "You know, it was the first time that anybody can think of in our industry here in Idaho where dairymen hasn't had a market for their milk. So it's a little bit shocking that a dairy producer was notified that they didn't have a place to sell their milk."

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