2019-05-15 / News

Delaware County Fair Board Seeks Market For Milk

By Rosie Cunningham

WALTON - There is no market for the Delaware County Fair milk once again this year.

According to Delaware Valley Agricultural Society President Ed Rossley the milk of area farmers’ prize dairy cows will be dumped if a market is not found.

Rossley said they are looking for an outlet for milk.

“I would appreciate it if someone would step forward,” he said.

This has been a problem in the past. In 2016 a contract trucking company stepped up and found a market for the milk. In the past, Midland Dairy picked up the milk at the fair as well. Whether or not they find a market, the farmers will be getting paid for their milk.

“Which may be dumped,” said Rossley.

Last year, 32,000 pounds of milk was produced at the fair.

“We generally range from 30,000 to 35,000 pounds of milk each year,” said Rossley.

The board members are currently seeking other avenues for market. He has been in contact with Don’s Dairy out of Kortright.

“Ideally, we would love to have our milk pasteurized on-site for fair-goers to try,” he said.

Rossley estimates that last year, there were about 400 cows and calves and approximately 130 dairy head was milked throughout the duration of the week.

“We hope to have a milk plant on site this year but there is the matter of licensing” he said. “Hopefully, everything goes through. As they say, our rose colored glasses may not be so rosey.”

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