Coronavírus causa descarte de leite nos Estados Unidos

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coronavírus causa descarte

Produtores americanos também estão sofrendo com o cancelamento de contratos e já descartam milhares de litros de leite nas fazendas

Os efeitos da pandemia de coronavírus estão afetando os produtores rurais em diversos países do mundo. Como já divulgamos aqui recentemente sobre a situação em Portugal com o descarte de leite de ovelha, desta vez destacamos os problemas relatados nas redes sociais pela produtora e ativista do agro Nikki Boxler, da Boxler Maple Farms.

A produtora usou o Instagram para desabafar sobre a situação na propriedade onde foi obrigada a descartar uma carreta inteira de leite recentemente, por ordem do laticínio. “A indústria de laticínios é a primeira a sentir o efeito das grandes crises, por trabalhar com um produto tão perecível”, relata.

Uma carreta inteira de leite descartado.

O leite foi descartado pois a indústria está com o estoque cheio, sem condições de receber mais caminhões. Ao mesmo tempo, sem vender por conta do fechamento de escolas, restaurantes e serviços de fornecimento de refeições.

A propriedade de Nikki Boxler fica no estado de Nova York, um dos mais afetados no país pela pandemia de coronavírus.

Coronavírus causa descarte também em outros estados americanos

Milk Dumping

For years, the milk truck pulling into our farm drive has been something we can set our clock by, just like the sun rising or the church bells ringing. Today was different, though. The milk truck didn't come for it's scheduled pickup. For the first day ever in 44 years, our milk hauler didn't run their regular route, taking milk from farms to the dairy processing plant. We've watched on social media for days as dairy farms across the country have dumped perfectly good milk literally down the drain. We secretly wondered if that directive would make it to Ohio. We never imagined it would come to our farm, though… until yesterday. First, we heard a rumor from a neighbor who sends their milk to the same plant as we do. Then, later in the day, it was confirmed with a call to us: every producer who sends their milk to our plant is dumping one pick up (one to two days' production, depending on the farm) down the drain, ourselves included. The milk plant is full. It cannot hold another drop. Yesterday delivery trucks, who take the bottled milk to the grocery stores, returned back to the plant with full jugs. Stores didn't have any more room on their shelves to accept delivery. This created a backlog at the milk plant, who had no choice but to leave perfectly good milk at the dairy farms. On a normal day, the dairy industry is highly volatile. The last several years have been tense. Rising input costs and diminished returns have strained even the most financially sound dairy farms. When you add in a world-changing event like COVID-19, all bets are off the table. Since the beginning of March, milk prices have plummeted. Exports are down, and domestic markets are unstable. As if that's not enough, when you add grocery store limits and closed restaurants to the mix, an already complex system becomes even more complicated. Transportation is expensive, so it's not always conducive to move milk surpluses in one part of the country to another area that might be deficient. Perhaps the most worrysome effect of this milk-dumping is the mental and emotional strain it puts on farmers. It took over an hour for our milk tank to drain today. That's a long time to watch the time, money, and care you've invested into your cows go to waste. Our hearts sank as 31,000 pounds, or over 3,600 gallons, dumped down the drain and flowed into our manure lagoon. As dairy farmers across the country take turns disposing of a perfectly good product, it's safe to say the tears will fall as quickly as the milk drains. There are people going hungry in every community across the country. They don't know where their next meal will come from or what it will consist of. Certainly, some fresh milk would be welcomed in the food pantries that serve our neighbors. The next time you're at the grocery store, if there aren't posted limits, would you please pick up a couple extra gallons and drop off at a food pantry? It will help your neighbors, and hopefully it can have some good for some dairy farmers. Or, order a pizza with extra cheese and have it delivered to your local workers on the front line. Heaven knows, we would love to see some good come from a bleak situation. When you say your prayers tonight, add farmers to your list. They've weathered storms before, and God-willing, they'll weather this one too.*This video shows the milk getting dumped from the tank into the drain, which flows to a contained manure lagoon. There is another video in the comments of it dumping into the lagoon.

Posted by Hartschuh Dairy Farm on Friday, April 3, 2020
No estado de Ohio, a Hartschuh Dairy Farm mostra nas redes o mesmo problema.

Segundo o jornal USA Today, propriedades no estado de Wisconsin chegam a jogar fora quase 100 mil litros de leite por dia por não conseguir entregar nos laticínios. Por enquanto, as cooperativas ainda estão pagando os produtores, mesmo no leite descartado. Mas o caixa não é eterno e não se sabe quanto tempo a situação ruim irá durar.