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The Annual Cost Of Producing Milk In Connecticut: Estimates For 2011


  • Boris E. Bravo-Ureta

    () (University of Connecticut)

  • Jeremy Jelliffe

    () (University of Connecticut)

  • Adam Rabinowitz

    () (University of Connecticut)

  • Joyce Meader

    () (University of Connecticut)

  • Richard Meinert

    () (University of Connecticut)

  • Joseph Bonelli

    () (University of Connecticut)

  • Sheila Andrew



The average total cost of production for milk in Connecticut in 2011 is $31.52/cwt, based on a sample of 39 state dairy producers. Additional total cost of production (COP) estimates are provided for different farm-size classes, ranging from $26.05/cwt for the largest size class to $35.76/cwt for the smallest. The most significant costs to CT dairies are feed and labor, which make up close to 60% of total COP and are primarily responsible for the variation seen in the projected 2012 monthly COP estimates. Monthly estimates of the 2012 CT COP for milk are based on the 2011 COP, which is adjusted using USDA NASS indices and CT production figures for the corresponding month. The estimated COP for milk in CT has increased in every month in 2012, from $31.97/cwt in January to $39.10/cwt in September. The Statistical Uniform Price (SUP) for milk in Hartford, CT decreased monthly for the first half of 2012 and increased in each month of the third quarter, resulting in a net increase from January to September. Given the monthly trends in COP and the SUP, the value of payments to CT dairy farms under CT Public Act 09-229 has increased month-to-month from $6.95/cwt in January to $12.71/cwt in September.

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  • Boris E. Bravo-Ureta & Jeremy Jelliffe & Adam Rabinowitz & Joyce Meader & Richard Meinert & Joseph Bonelli & Sheila Andrew, 2012. "The Annual Cost Of Producing Milk In Connecticut: Estimates For 2011," Zwick Center Research Reports 01, University of Connecticut, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Charles J. Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy.
  • Handle: RePEc:zwi:uconnr:01

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    1. Rigoberto A. Lopez & Nataliya Plesha, 2013. "Economic And Sustainability Impacts Of Connecticut’S Public Act 09-229 To Support Dairy Farming," Outreach Reports 17, University of Connecticut, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Charles J. Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy.

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