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Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Applauds Action to Increase Hauling Capacity; Rebekah Sweeney, Scott Potts, and Dave Buholzer Comment

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Applauds Action to Increase Hauling Capacity; Rebekah Sweeney, Scott Potts, and Dave Buholzer Comment


MADISON, WI
Monday, March 25th, 2024

The Wisconsin dairy community recently received a boost from the state. Governor Tony Evers signed Senate Bill (SB) 431 into law, raising dairy hauling capacity on the state’s roads. The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) is applauding this decision due to its positive impacts on producers and their sustainability efforts.

Rebekah Sweeney, Senior Director of Programs and Policy, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association“SB 431 facilitates dairy processors’ efforts to transport their liquid whey in an environmentally friendly, financially viable, and safe manner,” said Rebekah Sweeney, WCMA Senior Director of Programs and Policy. “We’re grateful to Gov. Evers, Sen. Ballweg, and Rep. Kurtz for their work to bring this bill across the finish line, and to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for their partnership.”

Authored by Senator Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) and Representative Tony Kurtz (R-Wonewoc), SB 431 extends the state’s current allowance for milk hauling of 98,000 pounds over six axles to include all liquid dairy products, a release explained.

Whey powder and whey protein concentrate are used as value-added ingredients in a wide range of food products worldwide, including processed meat, sausages, health foods, baby food and formula, beverages, and confections. Dried whey represents a significant commercial opportunity for Wisconsin dairy processors, comprising 31 percent of all the state’s dairy sales abroad. Due to the complexity and cost of drying, however, whey is typically hauled from cheesemaking plants in liquid form for additional processing.

Governor Tony Evers has signed Senate Bill (SB) 431 into law, raising dairy hauling capacity on the state’s roads

Existing state regulations allow dairy haulers to transport milk at heavier weight limits on Wisconsin roads but did not account for other liquid dairy products.

“We’re thrilled to see the positive impacts this bill will have on our sustainability efforts,” said Scott Potts, Transportation Coordinator and Plant Supervisor of BelGioioso Cheese and a WCMA member. “Thanks to SB 431, BelGioioso stands to reduce the amount of fuel used in transporting loads by nearly 29,000 gallons per year. We’d also reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by 258 metric tons per year.”

Dave Buholzer, a WCMA member from the Klondike Cheese Company, also commented.

Dave Buholzer, Senior Managing Partner, Klondike Cheese Company“This legislation will help us maximize our resources in so many ways. We’ll be able to use fewer tankers, which means reducing our water usage and cutting down on crowding in our intake area. Less congestion means less administrative work—and more staff time for other tasks that help grow our business.”

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