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This report summarizes attributes, costs, and returns for organic dairy farms in Maine that responded to the 2008 dairy cost of production survey. This survey and analysis was conducted by the University of Maine in cooperation with the Maine Milk Commission. This publication reports on data collected over the 2007 production year. Analysis and discussion of the data revolve around four categories. The first category averages all 30 organic farms to create a statewide group. The authors then broke these 30 farms into three size groups (small, medium, and large) based on the number of cows on each farm. There were nine small farms with an average of 30 cows on each farm, 10 medium farms with an average of 55 cows each, and 11 large farms with about an average of 100 cows each. The analysis presented here discusses characteristics of the three size groups, along with the statewide group.
Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station
organic dairy farming
Agricultural Economics | Dairy Science
Cook, A.L., P.S. Heacock, G.K. Criner, and L.A. Bragg. 2010. Organic milk production in Maine: Attributes, costs, and returns. Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 204.