Market Changes Hurt Texas Milk Producers


Industry experts say they hope the worst of the COIVD-19-related disruptions are behind them.

Milk production remains steady despite COVID-19-related disruptions to the farm-to-market supply chains, said Jennifer Spencer, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service dairy specialist.

Texas is the No. 5 milk-producing state in the U.S. with about 12.6 billion pounds of milk annually valued at approximately $19 million. The direct economic impact of dairy production in Texas amounts to more than $3.3 billion annually, and the Texas Association of Dairymen reports milk products bring almost $40 billion into the state’s economy.

Trends before COVID-19 showed consumer purchases of milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy-based products were at a steady trend, she said. But the pandemic has put the industry and dairy operations in a difficult spot.

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