May 6, 2019
Members of US dairy co-op to receive payments for milk loss due to snowstorm
33 members of a US dairy co-op, FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative, will be receiving a disaster claim payment for milk loss as a result of a snowstorm that swept through the US Upper Midwest in February 23-24.
The recipients are based in the US states of Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
With barn roofs collapsing under heavy snowfall, and cows being killed and milk having to be dumped due to impassable roads, the payments will total more than US$23,000, with additional payments anticipated for other claims where additional information is being gathered, FarmFirst said.
"Buildings have been damaged, but herds have also been impacted, removing valuable cows from the milking herd and taking away from farmer's bottom lines during a challenging dairy economy," said John Rettler, president of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative.
"Impassable roads required some farms to dump milk, because haulers were not able to travel to various farms during these storms. It was a very long and trying winter season."
FarmFirst members are eligible for these payments through the cooperative's disaster benefits programme, assisting against the loss of milk income caused by the death of a cow by either lightning or electrocution, the loss of electric power or due to impassable roads due to snow or flooding.
"FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative continues to be a leading advocate for risk management tools and improved market-based dairy policies. However, the cooperative's disaster benefits programme fills a need for our members that goes beyond our priorities in the legislative and regulatory area," Rettler noted. "Clearly, with the winter season, we've just experienced, FarmFirst's disaster programme is a meaningful benefit to dairy farmers."
Just a year ago, 19 FarmFirst members received nearly US$30,000 in payments as a result of the 2018 April snowstorm that started in South Dakota and moved through Wisconsin.
FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative was established in 2013 and is based in Madison, Wisconsin, US.
- FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative