MANATEE COUNTY —
Hurricane Irma is just not solely affecting householders however enterprise house owners. Dropping hundreds of dollars a day, Dakin Dairy Farms in Myakka Metropolis says as a result of energy outages they will’t get there product out.
“The milk that’s produced now there’s simply no shops open all of our milk often goes south of us,” stated Dakin Dairy Farm proprietor Jerry Dakin
Within the sixteen years Jerry Dakin has owned Dakin Dairy farms he is by no means seen this a lot milk go to waste — pouring out hundreds of ineffective gallons a day.
A lot of the milk produced at this farm is transported to South Florida however with energy out shops aren’t taking the availability.
“We have watched 60,000 gallons of milk go down the drain within the type of skim and that is simply an unbelievable sum of money and there is simply a lot that milk might do to feed individuals and assist individuals. Simply an enormous monetary loss,” stated Plant Supervisor Tony Wahl.
The monetary loss is nearly $30,000 a day. On prime of the hundreds of dollars of structural injury because of the storm, however not every little thing is a complete loss.
“We’re lucky we now have a separator the place we’re separating the milk and taking the fats off in order that cream can go to ice cream or butter,” stated Dakin.
Storm or not, the dairy cows are so used to pumping on a day by day schedule it isn’t wholesome to close all the operation down. Which suggests extra milk taking place the drain till extra shops are again up and operating.