Dairylea members approve merger with DFA
Dairylea Cooperative members approved the proposed merger with Dairy Farmers of America during a special meeting Feb. 5 in Syracuse, N.Y., according to a joint press release from Dairylea and DFA.
The merger will become official on April 1 and combines Dairylea’s Northeast-based 1,200 members with DFA’s nationwide membership of 13,000 dairy farmers.
The cooperatives have had a successful working relationship since DFA was formed in 1998, creating efficiencies in milk assembly, transportation and marketing, as well as joint management of farm services and membership operations in the Northeast, the release stated.Dairylea’s nearly 300 employees will become employees of DFA and continue to provide service to Northeast dairy farms out of the offices currently shared by both cooperatives in Syracuse, N.Y.
There will be no disruption in operations or milk procurement in the Northeast, the release stated.