Idaho Producers Willing to Cut Milk Production

April 7, 2010 06:02 AM
Idaho dairy producers are willing to voluntarily reduce milk production from 1% to 10%, but only if the vast majority of their neighbors do so as well.
The survey, taken March 31 with results released this week, was conducted by the Idaho Dairymen's Association at a Magic Valley meeting. Survey respondents represented 87 dairies, 260,000 cows and about 50% of Idaho's cow population.
Fifty-four percent say they would be willing to reduce production 1% to 5%. Another 30% say they would be willing to reduce output 5% to 10%.
Amazingly, 77% say they would be willing to sign a legally binding document to cut production. However, 80% say that at least 85% of Idaho milk production must be committed to reducing milk before they would sign the document.
A mandatory, government-run program was far less popular. Sixty-three percent of respondents opposed such a program. Larger herds were even less inclined to support a mandatory program.

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