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2009 Michigan Dairy Farm Business Analysis Summary


  • Wittenberg, Eric
  • Wolf, Christopher A.


This report summarizes the financial and production records of 104 dairy farms from throughout Michigan in 2009. To be included, the farms must have produced at least 50 percent of gross cash farm income from milk and dairy animal sales. The records came from Michigan State University’s TelFarm project and the Farm Credit Service system in Michigan. The values were pooled into averages for reporting purposes. The average herd reports here is larger than would be the average dairy herd in Michigan. Average values are reported in the summary tables and discussion that follows but one should be aware that considerable variation across herds exists in virtually every measure.

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  • Wittenberg, Eric & Wolf, Christopher A., 2010. "2009 Michigan Dairy Farm Business Analysis Summary," Staff Papers 100918, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:midasp:100918

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