Milk and honey: As demand and economic conditions improve, milk prices will stabilize

In the Dairy Farms industry, the most important success factor is the price farmers receive for raw milk. Over the five years to 2017, the price of raw milk has been highly volatile, causing revenue for the Dairy Farms industry to fluctuate. Meanwhile, the price of feed, which typically makes up about half of the average dairy farm's total expenses, has been falling since 2014, significantly strengthening industry profit margins. Before then, however, the price of feed had increased, causing many farms to either reduce their employment or exit the market. Over the five years to 2022, the industry will likely benefit from stabilizing milk prices and improved downstream more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Declines in the price of feed have led to strong profit margins
  • The United States became the largest global exporter of cheese, surpassing New Zealand
  • Reduced government support could have a significant effect on milk prices
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Entry into dairy farming is relatively unrestricted. All inputs are readily available, although equipment is specialized. There are likely to be farms for sale because many operators are leaving the industry. The main barriers to entry include capital requirements, securing financing for investment and complying with dairy farm regulations. The production of organic milk presents an opportunity for a new player. Sales of organic milk are growing strongly, and prices received are also marginally higher. Farmers are required to meet additional standards to be a classified organic milk producer, such as the prohibited use of antibiotics on cows, using specialized organic feed and adhering to specific housing restrictions for cows...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Dairy Farms Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Dairy Farms Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • Use of specialist equipment or facilities
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Price of milk and Demand from dairy product production in the Dairy Farms industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Dairy Farms Industry?

    Establishments in this industry primarily raise cattle for milk. The industry includes only the sale of raw milk and excludes the production of drinkable fluid milk and processed dairy products like butter, cheese and powdered milk. Those value-added activities are covered in the Dairy Product Production industry (IBISWorld report 31151).

    Industry Products
  • Manufacturing milk
  • Fluid milk
  • Industry Activities
  • Dairy cattle farming
  • Milking dairy cattle
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Price of milk
  • Demand from dairy product production
  • Price of feed
  • Per capita dairy consumption

  • Current Performance
  • Milk prices, exports and globalization
  • Profit and consolidation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand and price of milk
  • Barns away
  • Organic opportunities
  • Table: Dairy Farms Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Dairy Farms Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Dairy Product Production
  • Ice Cream Production
  • Dairy Wholesaling

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Animal Food Production
  • Beef Cattle Production
  • Cattle & Hog Wholesaling
  • Farm, Lawn & Garden Equipment Wholesaling
  • Fertilizer Manufacturing
  • Livestock Production Support Services
  • Veterinary Services

  • Products & Services
  • Manufacturing milk
  • Fluid milk
  • Chart: Dairy Farms Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Price
  • Population
  • Health concerns
  • Competition from substitutes
  • Innovation

  • Major Markets
  • Dairy cooperatives in other regions
  • Dairy cooperatives in the West
  • Dairy cooperatives in the Great Lakes
  • Dairy manufacturing companies
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Dairy Farms Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Dairy Farms

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Dairy Farms Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Dairy Farms Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Dairy Farms Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Raw Milk Price (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • An organization that is owned, operated and controlled by those who use its services. Dairy cooperatives primarily assist farmers in better marketing and manufacturing their raw milk.
  • Farm Gate Price
  • The value of an agricultural product when it leaves the farm; typically lower than the retail price, as it excludes shipping, marketing and storage costs.
  • Organic
  • Farming that does not involve the use of artificial chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers or genetically modified organisms.
  • Raw Milk
  • Milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized.
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