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Scheduling and Routing Milk from Farm to Processors by a Cooperative


  • Prasertsri, Peerapon
  • Kilmer, Richard L.


A milk marketing cooperative (MMC) was created by Florida dairy farmers to link the primary supply of fluid milk with the derived demand of processors in the vertical market. For any given milk supply, the revenue or return to farmers per unit of milk is the average milk price received by the MMC minus the MMC’s transfer cost. An important task for the MMC is to operate the fluid milk hauling system that optimizes the MMC’s milk transfer cost (routing and scheduling cost) subject to farm and plant schedules. The objective of this study is to determine if it is economically feasible to implement a more efficient routing and scheduling of farm-to-plant milk collection by the MMC.

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  • Prasertsri, Peerapon & Kilmer, Richard L., 2004. "Scheduling and Routing Milk from Farm to Processors by a Cooperative," Journal of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, vol. 22(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jloagb:59380

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