June 21, 2016

More Processing Capacity Necessary in Midwest [VIDEO]

 |  By: Anna-Lisa Laca

South Dakota’s dairy industry is experiencing growing pains. After years of heavy recruitment to the state, milk production has outgrown available processing capacity.

“We are now at the point where we need to have processing expansion,” says Marv Post of the South Dakota Dairy Producers Association.

There are currently 20,000 more cows permitted to be in the state in the coming months, and with more waiting in the wings, industry officials are seeking quick solutions.

“Now we’ve got the milk supply up, processors,” says Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “Now let’s add capacity in some of these plants that develop fluid milk into cheese and other dairy goods.”

Post says officials are working with North Dakota on a study to determine the feasibility of a new processing plant.

Learn more in the video from our partners at “AgDay TV” below.