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Pandemic, inflation squeeze dairy workforce even more

The pandemic and rising inflation have further squeezed a tightening dairy workforce.

Compeer Financial dairy lending specialist Greg Steele says labor challenges are “nothing new” for the dairy industry.

“They’ve had to really manage their workforce strategically for the last several years to be honest, but where it’s probably really impacted the dairy industry more so than dairy farms is at processing plants.”

He tells Brownfield there are several dairy processors that historically run six to seven days a week that are now operating five days a week.

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