Milking the plains: movement of large dairy operations into southwestern Kansas

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Show simple item record Harrington, Lisa M.B. Lu, Max Kromm, David E. 2011-04-04T18:09:19Z 2011-04-04T18:09:19Z 2011-04-04
dc.description.abstract Western Kansas has an historical identification with cattle, with a focus on cattle ranching and more specifically since the 1950s, beef-cattle feedlots. Since the mid-1990s large dairy operations have moved into southwestern Kansas. Today more than twenty large dairies house more than 70,000 milk cows. These operate as confined feeding operations similar to beef-cattle feedlots. Regional advantages for the dairy industry include affordable land with wide-open space, local residents’ cattle- and dairy-friendly attitudes, and other factors. Regional promoters have actively recruited dairies, and a dairy-business support system has emerged. The prospects for continued expansion of dairies in southwestern Kansas are unclear; despite the locational advantages and the possibility that the industry may continue to relocate here, as did the cattle-feeding industry several decades ago, further moves into the area may depend on continued resources availability and additional infrastructure development. en_US
dc.relation.uri en_US
dc.rights Permission to archive granted by the American Geographical Society, April 4, 2011. en_US
dc.subject Agriculture en_US
dc.subject Cattle en_US
dc.subject Dairy en_US
dc.subject Farmers' attitude en_US
dc.subject Industrial restructuring en_US
dc.subject Infrastructure development en_US
dc.subject Great Plains en_US
dc.subject Kansas en_US
dc.title Milking the plains: movement of large dairy operations into southwestern Kansas en_US
dc.type Text en_US 2010 en_US
dc.citation.doi DOI:10.1111/j.1931-0846.2010.00057.x en_US
dc.citation.epage 558 en_US
dc.citation.issue 4 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Geographical Review en_US
dc.citation.spage 538 en_US
dc.citation.volume 100 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid lbutlerh en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid maxlu en_US

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