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The COVID-19 pandemic has weighed heavily on 2020 dairy markets, and that influence is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, according to Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin – Madison director of dairy policy analysis. Stephenson discussed factors impacting milk producers and markets during a northeastern Wisconsin farm management update meeting for agricultural professionals, held virtually on Oct. 22.

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More cows and stronger milk per cow pushed U.S. milk production higher in September 2020, up 2.3% from a year earlier, according to the USDA’s preliminary monthly Milk Production report, released Oct. 20.

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A long-awaited Michigan cheese and whey facility began receiving milk from local farmers on Oct. 20, the first loads of which will eventually grow to up to 8 million pounds of milk intake per day.

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