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In your own words... What most concerns you about the dairy industry in the next five years?

PD Staff Published on 16 March 2011

Q. What most concerns you about the dairy industry in the next five years?




Nik Sutter
Fertile-Ridge Dairy LLC
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

Volatility is the biggest concern in a lot of different ways – not just feed, not just milk, but growing operations not knowing what land values are going to do; not knowing what credit availability is going to be in the next five years.While many of us have plans, I know that there are others that don’t. It’s just scary to think if a lot of different risks occur at the same time, what might happen to some of us.



John Dovin
Dovin Dairy Farms LLC
Oberlin, Ohio
The diminishing confidence consumers have in the products we provide for them. That alarms me. We need to get back to educating that we are working diligently to provide safe and wholesome products.



Jordan Leak
Jerome, Idaho

The volatility of the industry is most concerning. The future is certainly not certain and so we’re having to take steps to make sure that we have a future for ourselves and our children in the industry.


Rocky Gingg
Del Rio Dairy
Friona, Texas

The volatility of both milk prices and feed.


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