|◆ A large farm, drylot dairying sector (500 cows and up) located primarily in the West, Southwest and Florida.|
|◆ A small and moderately sized farm sector (less than 70 cows) centered in the Northeast quadrant bounded by Minnesota, Missouri, Kentucky and Maryland.|
Production in the drylot sector progressively increased, but few recognized the efficiency advantages held by these farms. Instead, there was extensive denial of the changing economic dimensions of milk production and its potential implications. This was possibly because the structure of the moderately sized farm sector was insulated to a degree from structural change due to a relatively high and stable milk price supported by the federal government.
The high level of support collapsed in the mid 1980s as a victim of overproduction and high government costs. Rejecting the option of