Dairy Farmers Forced to Dump Milk as Demand Drops Amid Coronavirus Closures

The restaurant industry has nearly disappeared

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Dairy farmers have faced a crash in milk prices amid the coronavirus pandemic in the last month when restaurants, workplaces and schools shuttered across the country, NBC News reports.

Many dairy operations have even dumped their cows’ milk as the initial splash of at-home consumption has tapered off and the restaurant industry has nearly disappeared.

"You can't shut down cows. You can't turn them off like a faucet," Zoey Nelson, 27, a sixth-generation dairy farmer in Waupaca, Wisconsin, told NBC News. "Just to see it literally going down the drain — it's devastating."

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