Hastings Creamery closure leaves dairy farmers holding the pail
Some Minnesota dairy farmers are scrambling to find a new place to process their milk after the 110-year-old Hastings Creamery closed this month.
We’re told a few dozen Minnesota and Wisconsin dairy farmers used the creamery to process their milk.
Dairy farmers say finding a company to process milk right now can be a major challenge.
“Not a lot of processors are picking up milk,” said Tim Kieffer with River City Dairy. “You probably heard a lot of talk over the summer — prices were low, there were processors dumping excess milk. I just hope they’re able to find a place to go with and they don’t have to quit because they don’t want to quit.”
Hastings Creamery closed after the state said it leaked thousands of gallons of milk into the sewer system.
We reached out to the creamery for comment but have not heard back.