Local dairy farm sees increase in demand for milk due to grocery store limits on dairy products
Creamy Hills Dairy is challenged to keep up with the demand, while many other dairy farmers that supply to grocery stores are being hurt during this time
NEOSHO, Mo.- Jason Giebler and his family have been milking cows for nearly 20 years, their farm, Creamy Hills Dairy sells raw milk, eggs and meat directly to consumers.
“We fill directly from the bulk tank and fill them in jars for that customer, it does run through a filter, we run through all the sanitary factors to make that happen, but it works well for us and for all the families were servicing.”
When COVID-19 spread, grocery store demand rose for essential items like milk, which led stores to putting a limit on how much customers could buy.
Jason believes that that limit has driven more traffic to his farm as many consumers are looking to other places to buy in bulk.
“We’ve had people that ask us do you have a limit, the answer is no so rather than getting 1 or 2 gallons like they would get, we have people who buy 5 or 8 or 10 gallons.”
They’ve seen around a 50 percent increase in demand.
“We have been challenged to keep up with the demand” added Giebler.
But many dairy farmers are not as fortunate. Across the country dairy farmers that supply to grocery stores, restaurants, and schools are having to dump milk because of the decrease in sales due to those limits.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture, along with the State Milk Board, is asking grocery stores to remove the customer limits on milk to help the industry.
And Jason agrees.
“As long as that milk is getting to the processor and it is, as long as the processers can take care of it and they are and as long as that supply chain can get to the store and they are…there really shouldn’t be any reason why we should have a limitation on milk or butter or cheese or cottage cheese or any dairy product that is considered a staple.”
And while business is booming for Creamy Hills, Jason is hoping for the best for the rest of the dairy industry.
“People are afraid, people are scared for what the future holds for the dairy industry as a whole, and that’s not an enviable position for anyone to be in.”
The Creamy Hills Dairy Farm did have to set limits on their meat products as demand in those items increased as well.