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Wisconsin milk hauler concludes long career

Aug. 22, 2023
Tom Schwartz, who collected milk from local farms for nearly 50 years, took over the family business when his dad retired in 1996

A Wisconsin television station recently spotlighted a long-time milk hauler who’s calling it a career.

Tom Schwartz took over his family’s Dane, Wisconsin-based operation in 1996 after his father—who founded the business in 1946—retired, according to a WKOW 27 News report. Schwartz has hauled milk for nearly 50 years overall.

“My dad asked me one day, [while] I was in high school—I was a senior—and he says, ‘You want to haul milk?’ and I said, ‘Yeah,” Schwartz recalled with a smile.

“That was the end of the conversation.”

Schwartz says the farmers he has served since 1974 are like a second family. But the milk-hauling business is much bigger today. Back then, he collected about 40,000 pounds of milk each day from 20 total farms. Now one farm, Hensen Bros. Dairy in Waunakee, Wisconsin, produces about 60,000 pounds each day by itself.

“Wherever they need the milk, you’ve got to take it,” he told the station.

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