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By 1985, 300 or fewer dairy cooperatives will market 80 percent of the Nation'smilk, 46 percent sold raw and 34 percent bottled or manufactured. About halfwill be marketed by 15-25 full-service co-ops, one fifth by 50-80 manufacturingco-ops, and one-fourth by small bargaining associations and nonproducers.Organizational and operating options, such as federation or centralization, dairyspecialization or diversified operations, need to be explored. Managers mustbecome more cost conscious and improve reporting significant operating resultsto boards. Di rectors must become more knowledgeable at their cooperative'soperations, milk marketing, and role of· policy making. Increased equity capitalof $0.6 billion to a needed total of $1.3 billion will require member investmentsof 13 cents a hundredweight, assuming a 10-year revolving plan.

Keywords: Dairies ; Management (financial) ; Manufacturing ; Milk ; Services ; Structural elements ; Technological changes ; Bulk assembly ; Cooperatives ; Dairy products ; Technology

Subject(s): Agricultural Finance

Livestock Production/Industries

Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies

Issue Date: 1979-07

Publication Type: Report

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/152782

Total Pages: 76

Series Statement: FCRR




Farmer Cooperative Research Report (FCRR)

Record appears in: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) > Economic Research Service > Farmer Cooperative Research Report (FCRR)

Author: Tucker, George C. ; Roof, James B. ; Monroe, William J.

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/152782?ln=en

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