Manure, milk disposal guidance for dairy farms
Monday, March 30, 2020
Edge is working closely with our dairy community partners and government agencies to help our members manage the effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
We communicate frequently with our processor members and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association regarding the balancing of the state’s milk supply.
We have heard of no instances of milk disposal in Wisconsin related to the crisis.
Nevertheless, we and our partners requested flexibility for our farmers should circumstances change. The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Department of Natural Resources have released this new guidance. This would help farmers to navigate the process of milk disposal if they are faced with that challenge.
In addition to the requirements spelled out in the guidance, farmers who purchased Dairy-RP coverage should be mindful of the requirements they would need to follow in order to file a claim under that coverage.
Dairy farms that are also CAFOS are subject to a 14-day public notice requirement if they plan to add fields to their nutrient management plan. CAFO farms are encouraged to be proactive about adding fields now in case they would need them because of milk disposal or to help with manure management in the event of an unusually wet spring. We understand the manure storage and field condition challenges and continue to work with our partners to find additional solutions.
And, remember that you can find more resources on our special COVID-19 webpage — including this guide for farmers, which covers topics such as workplace safety, farm visitors and employee screening.