Mercy for Animals / 29 June 2018
According to CBS New York, a lack of demand for their products is forcing the state’s dairy farmers to either shut their barn doors or leave the business altogether.
One dying dairy farm in the Catskills, The Diehl Dairy Farm, is only weeks away from going out of business because there aren’t any creameries nearby to buy its milk. More than 60 dairy farms have shut their doors in the past 40 years.
But the state’s dairy farmers are getting creative; some are leaving the business altogether and switching to something more profitable: beer. That’s right, according to a recent New York Times article, a number of dairy farms have become craft breweries.
According to a 2013 USDA report, dairy consumption has been on the decline for decades, with each generation consuming less milk than the one before. In fact, CBS New York reports that fluid milk consumption has fallen a whopping 37 percent since 1970.