There has been quite a bit of chatter lately in mainstream and social media regarding the Bought Milk refund. The Washington Post ran with this headline today: ‘Herd Retirement’: A nice dairy industry term for slaughtering 500,000 productive cows.
So here’s the facts:
Residents in 15 states have been awarded more than $52 million as part of a recent class action lawsuit associated with the National Milk Producers Federation.
This lawsuit alleges that Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) and its members attempted to limit the production of raw farm milk by prematurely slaughtering more than 500,000 cows, in order to illegally increase the price of milk and other fresh milk products.
The rebate is for anyone who bought milk between 2003 and 2010 and resides in Arizona, California, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.
But here’s what they don’t tell you: Dairy Carrie: Milk Rebate Facts from a farmer. We especially love Dairy Carrie’s advice to go ahead, get the money, and then treat each of your family members to a nice slice of cheese pizza or an ice cream cone.