California's Future Look

November 17, 2010 05:02 AM

How will California’s dairying future look? Dairy producer Tony Mendes of Riverdale, Calif., foresees that: 

  • the Golden State will have fewer facility ownerships but more cows and higher per-cow production.
  • new megadairies will be built, but at a slower rate.
  • dairy producers will be more educated and more exposed to financing practices and commodity trading.
  • new and expanded processing plants will be built primarily by co-ops, with an emphasis on specialty products.
  • dairy producers will spend less time with cows and more time in the office, where critical business decisions are paramount.
  • the state will have to decide whether or not to support national supply management.
  • survival in the absence of a relevant support price program is debatable. 

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