Dairy Business Analysis Project: 2003 Financial
A. de Vries, R. Giesy, L. Ely, B. Broaddus, C. Vann, and B. Butler
1. This document is DS178, one of a series of the Department of Animal Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, UF/IFAS. Published January 2005.
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2. A. de Vries, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences; R. Giesy, Extension Agent IV; L. Ely, Professor, Department of Animal and Dairy
Science, University of Georgia; B. Broaddus, Extension Agent I; C. Vann, Extension Agent II; B. Butler, Graduate Student, Department of Animal
Sciences; Cooperative Extension Service, UF/IFAS, Gainesville, 32611.
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The Dairy Business Analysis Project (DBAP)
was initiated in 1996 by the University of Florida in
an effort to measure and document the financial
performance of Florida dairy businesses using
standardized accounting measures. The University of
Georgia has been a formal collaborator since 1998. A
committee of dairymen appointed by Southeast Milk,
Inc. oversees the project and helps direct its course.
The DBAP website is
Financial data for the year 2003 were collected
from participating dairies and screened for
completeness and validity. Each dairy then received a
report detailing its financial results compared to the
average results for the other participants and the six
dairies with the highest net farm income from
operations per cwt.
This publication is a summary of the financial
performance in the year 2003. It is intended for
general use by dairy farmers, the allied industry, and
government, and educational professionals.
Data Collection and Accounting
Dairy businesses in Florida, Georgia, and
Alabama were asked to participate in DBAP.
Participants were not a random sample of all dairies
in the three states. The financial performance results
in this publication are therefore not necessarily
representative of the results of all dairies in Florida,
Georgia, and Alabama.
Most of the data were collected by extension
agents when visiting farms using a standardized data
collection spreadsheet. Occasionally, data were sent
in by the dairy farms. The financial data were either
entered into the spreadsheet on the farm or mailed in
on paper copies of the spreadsheet.
The accounting methods follow the