Those of us in the U.S. are often unaware of just how much the American dairy industry varies from much of the rest of the world. This is one of the reasons Farm Credit East has been a part of the International Farm Comparison Network for the past 10 years; to support their mission to better understand and forecast the dairy economy.
Farm Credit East recently presented the results of the 2017 Northeast Dairy Farm Summary. It was a mixed bag – average earnings increased due to a rise in milk prices, but cash flow came in at breakeven for the third year in a row. Read more here.
Despite a $1.39/cwt. drop in milk prices, dairy farms showed remarkable resilience with slightly improved financial results in 2016 compared to 2015. Read more about the results recently reported during a webinar held by Farm Credit East on the 2016 Northeast Dairy Farm Summary.
The International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN) is a global network of dairy researchers, dairy related companies and other stakeholders of the dairy chain, whose goal is to build a network of industry people who trust one another and can openly share and discuss dairy issues.