By Luc Sigaud SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – The dairy industry may be struggling nationwide, but that has not stopped hundreds from coming to the New York State Fairgrounds for the 44th New York Spring Dairy Carousel. The event begins today and runs through Sunday with a culminating regional Holstein show.
On top of the pageantry, the event serves as an opportunity for dairy farmers across the country to talk about their industry in the face of severe economic adversity. Non-dairy options, such as soy or almond milk, are starting to command a bigger and bigger market share. This, combined with higher production costs and decreasing hundredweight commercial prices, spells trouble for the dairy industry.
1,600 dairy farms in New York State alone closed between 2006 and 2016, and this trend is not limited to just the Empire State. Reports suggest that over 46,000 dairy farms have closed around the nation this decade.
Despite this, Kim Ceresna is unafraid. As a manager of Rivendale Farms in Pittsburgh, she understands that the industry is in a valley right now. However, she says this is nothing new for her field. As a matter of fact, she’s gotten her two toddlers involved in Rivendale and is confident that her business, like the hundreds of others represented at this year’s Spring Carousel, will continue to prosper in the future.