Dairy Today Expansion Questionnaire
Years in operation:
Less than 10 years
10 to 19 years
20 to 29 years
30 years or more
More than 3,000 cows
Your business is a...
How many partners do you have in your business?
More than 5
Do you plan to expand your operation within the foreseeable future?
No expansion planned in the foreseeable future
I plan to expand within the next 12 months
I plan to expand within the next 13 to 36 months
I plan to expand within the next 37 to 60 months
If you plan to expand and add cows, how much do you plan to grow?
Up to 25%
25% to 49%
50% to 100%
More than double my cow numbers
If you don't plan any expansion in the foreseeable future, why not? (Please select your top three reasons.)
Comfortable with current operation size
No partners and/or partners unwilling to expand
Equity position/borrowing capacity insufficient
Milk price risk too great
Farm bill would limit my ability to expand
Cattle prices too high
Processor capacity lacking in my area
Feed price/availability risk too great
Land prices too high
Expansion and building costs too high
Need to make improvements to existing facilities first
Environmental regulations/permitting too difficult
Lack of infrastructure in my area--equipment dealers, veterinarians, nutritionists, etc.
Do you plan to participate in the new Farm Bill Dairy Margin Protection Program?
If you plan to participate in the Dairy Margin Protection Program, will this:
Increase the likelihood you will expand herd size
Decrease the likelihood you will expand herd size
Dairy exports now utilize more than 15% of total U.S. milk solids. Which statement best defines your views regarding exports?
U.S. dairy export volumes will continue to grow.
U.S. dairy export volumes have reached their peak and will level off.
U.S. dairy export volumes will decline in the next few years.
Which statement best describes your attitude toward climate change?
Climate change is real and is impacting crop growth in my area.
Climate change is real but is not having much impact on crop growth in my area.
Climate change is not real and is not having an impact on crop growth in my area.
Would you be willing to have a Dairy Today editor follow up via e-mail if we have more questions?
If yes, please provide your e-mail address.
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