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UPDATE: Madison schools find alternative supplies of milk

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison schools coped with the abrupt shutdown of their milk supplier by reaching out to another company to make sure children had milk with school breakfasts and lunches Monday.

Madison schools director of food and nutrition Steve Youngbauer says Illinois-based Prairie Farms had drivers from its Dubuque plant deliver milk Monday morning to seven Madison schools. Youngbauer says the seven were the only schools without a milk delivery last week from the school district's previous supplier, Golden Guernsey of Waukesha.

The Golden Guernsey Waukesha plant closed Saturday without any warning, leaving many Wisconsin schools without any guarantee milk would be on the table at schools Monday.

Youngbauer says a Golden Guernsey driver called Madison school officials Saturday to make them aware of the plant closure. Youngbauer says the driver's notification gave officials time to arrive at a contingency plan with Prairie Farms.

"They were kind enough to work with us to bring deliveries early this morning to those seven schools, had milk here in time for breakfast," Youngbauer tells 27 News.

Youngbauer says Prairie Farms submitted a previous, unsuccessful bid to deliver milk to Madison schools. He tells 27 News school officials are discussing with Prairie Farms taking over milk delivery for schools. In the meantime, Youngbauer says Prairie Farms has agreed to deliver milk in the interim. Prairie Farms Dubuque plant manager Bob Walker was unavailable for comment.

Youngbauer says Madison school children go through an average of 17,000 cartons of milk per day.


WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- The closing of a Waukesha dairy processing plant has schools and grocers scrambling to find alternative milk suppliers.

The Golden Guernsey plant that supplied their milk closed over the weekend with little warning. Mapleton Dairy Haulers president Lynn Hiemke in Oconomowoc told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he expects there will be a lot of schools without milk Monday.

The Golden Guernsey plant had been under the ownership of a Los Angeles private equity firm since last year. Open Gate Capital bought the operation from Dean Foods, which was required to sell it to satisfy antitrust concerns.

Workers say the plant employed about 100 people. State labor officials say they were not notified of the closure, which is required by law.

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