Date of Award:


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Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Applied Economics

Department name when degree awarded

Agricultural Economics


Rondo A. Christensen


This study was undertaken to determine which characteristics, if any , distinguish exit from active milk producers; why producers exit from the industry; what happens to those resources formerly used in the dairy industry; the predictability of a producer either increasing or decreasing in size.

This study encompassed the milk producers in the Great Basin Federal Milk Market Area which is the central and northern part of Utah.

It was not possible to determine any characteristics which would distinguish the exit from the active producers. All of the sample producers sold most of their cows. A large percentage kept their land and continued to operate it. Much of the equipment was kept by the producer.

The Markov Chain analysis indicated that dairy farm numbers will decrease: however, the size of the active farms will increase.