Dairy farms facing harsh reality of dumping out profits in coronavirus crisis fallout

Chris Onorato
Updated: April 04, 2020 11:24 PM
Created: April 04, 2020 10:57 PM

As dairy farms across New York state start to feel the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, King Brothers Dairy is adjusting to what co-owner Jeff King calls an unprecedented time for the industry.

The family-owned farm in Schuylerville has a burgeoning delivery business to help offset some of the absent demand due to schools being closed and restaurants not operating at full tilt, but that doesn't mean King Brothers Dairy is immune to dumping milk during this health crisis. Other farms are dumping their product more frequently, but King Brothers did throw away one day's worth of milk last week; eight thousand gallons of it.


King says he's hoping for some governmental assistance for dairy farms to rebound from coronavirus, but he assures the Capital Region that he and his brother, Jan, will be around during and after the pandemic, prepared to ramp up production if necessary.

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