Missouri Dairy Business Update  
Volume 4, Number 12
December 2004

Missouri's Dairy Demographics

The 2002 Census of Agriculture reveals some interesting trends about the demographics of Missouri's dairy industry. The following chart, which comes from a special tabulation of the 2002 Census of Agriculture, describes dairy operations in Missouri, segmented by the size of the dairy herd inventory on the farm.

    Missouri's Dairy Demographics, 2002 Census of Agriculture
Number of Dairy Cows In Inventory on the Farm
30-49
50-199
200-499
500 or more
 Age Number of Farms
565
963
323
4
Age of Principal Operator Mean Age
50.8
50.9
53.2
57.5
Year Principal Operator Began Mean Year
1981
1980
1977
1971
      
Sex of Principal Operator     
-Male
Farms
530
899
309
4
-Female
Farms
35
64
14
0
      
Dairy Sales by Farm Size
Value of Dairy Products Sales Mean Dollars
$63,694
$124,871
$219,602
$4,103,340
           
Dairy impact on household income          
Operation's Share of Operator's
Total Household Income
Mean Percent
70.9
79.4
80.6
(D)
      
Type of Organization     
-Family or Individual
Farms
537
813
246
1
-Partnership
Farms
19
123
51
1
-Incorporated under State Law
Farms
8
22
24
2
-Other
Farms
1
5
2
0
 
Family size
People in Operator's Household Mean People
3.4
3.4
3.0
3.5
 
Computer Use
Principal Operators Using Computers Farms
153
400
161
2
Operations with Internet Access Farms
179
400
150
2
      
Number of Households Sharing in Farm Income Mean Households
1.3
1.4
1.8
2.3


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