Production cost, prices common concerns

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A 1999 survey of nearly 500 dairy producers across the country indicates that their greatest concern lies in cost of production, followed by milk price structure and manure (or nutrient) management. The chart below shows how producers responded to the question, "How significant do you believe the following issues will be to you and your dairy operation in the next five years?"

Cost of production88 %
Milk price structure78 %
Manure/waste management76 %
Environmental concerns74 %
Animal welfare70 %
Cost of facilities/land68 %
Quality assurances65 %
Declining dairy consumption63 %
On-farm food safety52 %
Labeling/regulator compliance50 %

Source: "Dairy Veterinary Trends,"
Vance Research Services, 1999.

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