Dairy Farmers Detail COVID-19 Impact

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). ( CDC )


While the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic was easy to see in April and May when producers were dumping milk down the drain, the long-term impact can be harder to suss out. To get to the bottom of the issue, we launched a survey in June to find out how dairy producers are dealing with the pandemic.

Of the 382 dairy producers surveyed, 73.3% of them said COVID-19 affected their farm moderately or severely. What might surprise you is 34.5% of the producers included in the survey said the pandemic either led them to leave the dairy business in 2020 (4.2%), to speed up their planned exit of the business (6.3%), or caused them to put any expansion plans on hold (24.1%).