Oversupply of Milk Continues to Erode Farmers’ Bottom Line

Increased trucking costs for Wisconsin dairy farmers is the latest symptom of an oversupply of milk.

The Upper Midwest Federal Milk Marketing Order recently released a report on milk hauling charges paid by farmers in 2018.

The report found the average charge per hundredweight, or 100 pounds of milk, in Wisconsin was $0.24, a 40 percent increase from 2017.

Corey Freije is an agricultural economist who compiles the report for the Upper Midwest Order. He said hauling charges typically increase by 1 or 2 cents every year, so last year’s 7 cent jump is unusual.

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