Following the release of its joint Milk Crisis Plan with the International Dairy Foods Association earlier this week, the National Milk Producers Federation began a social-media campaign geared toward dairy farmers and their allies, #dairyneverstops, to underscore the urgency in dairy country for a federal plan that can mitigate catastrophic economic damage that is expected to worsen for producers over the next several months, as the coronavirus-created recession bites more deeply.
“#Dairyneverstops is both a nod to the unique difficulties dairy farmers face as producers of a perishable product that’s created 24/7, 365 days a year and to the resilience of those farmers in the face of overwhelming economic difficulties,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF. “The support of retail consumers who have turned to milk in grocery aisles in recent weeks has been incredible. But even this sales surge is not enough to offset the near-evaporation of dairy demand from the foodservice sector. As milk continues to be produced with fewer buyers to purchase it, dairy farmers face significant revenue losses, which come on top of a half-decade of low prices that only recently had seen recovery.”
Farmers, other segments of the dairy sector, and their allies in broader communities are all encouraged to use the hashtag to share their stories, engage in discussion and create a greater awareness of dairy’s circumstances for policymakers in Washington and across the United States.
The campaign has already kicked off as many dairy farmers have shared their dairy experience with their audience. Dairy farmers are all on social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. In an effort to be transparent and real with their audience, diary farmers emphasize the importance that a dairy farm can’t just halt production, these animals need 24/7 care. During this pandemic, you can help by purchasing dairy products on your next essential grocery run and using #dairyneverstops on your social media channels.
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Did you know #dairyneverstops ? 🐮🥛Across the country family dairy farms, like ours, work day in and day out. Dairy farming is a job that is 24/7 for 365 days a year. The cows are just like our family and every day that we eat, we make sure they are fed and cared for as well. The cows don’t skip days of needing feed and water, and they definitely don’t skip days needing to be milked. Every day they need milking, someone is there. Our cows are a priority on our farm as well as a priority for our family. In these tough times we are facing, please keep consuming and buying dairy products to support Georgia dairy farm families, because #dairyneverstops 🥛💕🍦🧀#georgiagrown #dairyfarmfamily #undeniablydairy #gotmilk
— Rakr (@Rakr_inc) April 9, 2020