As part of our continuing local coverage of the impacts of COVID-19, WXHC caught up with two local dairy farmers to discuss what they’re doing to adjust to the changing times:
Brandon Brown and his wife, Rebekah Poole Brown, are the fourth generation in a combined 100 years of family tradition running Trinity Valley Dairy Farm, located at 2847 Route 13 in Cortland.
According to Brown, their farm has lost several large accounts across the state due to the school and business closures in place as a result of Gov. Cuomo’s NYS on PAUSE order.
In addition to opening up a special milk & delivery grocery service, Trinity Valley has taken other steps to adjust to the present challenges milk market that’s already been struggling.
For more information about Trinity Valley, visit their website by clicking here.
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Mike McMahon and his brother, Pete, own EZ Acres LLC, an 800 cow dairy farm with 600 head young stock over 2,000 acres in Homer and Scott.
Prior to the outbreak, they were shipping approximately 16 million pounds of milk annually to Chobani Yogurt, but that pace has been severely reduced as a result of the pandemic.
According to McMahon, milk prices were finally getting to a sustainable number to support producers before the current health crisis caused them to drop to now their lowest point since the 1990s.
For more information on EZ Acres LLC, visit their website by clicking here.
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