Dairy Research & Resources
Dairy farmers and processors can access free resources through NE-DBIC funded research studies, UVM Extension, and our Dairy Business Innovation Initiative counterparts.
Dairy Research Studies
At NE-DBIC, we’ve funded a variety of research on dairy distribution, market conditions, and marketing to support dairy businesses throughout the region. Dairy farmers and processors can access the research and resulting resources for free:
Distribution Capacity Study
Opportunities to strengthen the region’s value-added dairy distribution network and how to leverage it to support dairy producers
Sheep & Goat Market Conditions Report
Research identifying which markets are most ripe for development and expansion of regional goat and sheep milk products
Supplying Milk for Specialty Cheesemakers
Assessment of dairy farms in VT and MA interested in supplying raw milk to specialty cheesemakers to diversify income streams
Specialty Cheese Marketing Research Report
Report on market conditions, consumer trends, and distribution channels for specialty, artisan, and farmstead cheese
Dairy Processor Brand Strategy & Marketing Toolkit
Case study on processor strategies in the Northeast, and toolkit to increase marketing and branding strategies
UVM Extension Dairy Herd Management Technical Assistance
With support from NE-DBIC, dairy farm owners and managers can now receive on-farm technical assistance through University of Vermont (UVM) Extension. UVM Extension will engage with other regional Extension opportunities to share knowledge with farmers outside of Vermont.
UVM Extension’s team of technical assistance specialists provide support in: milk quality, grazing and pasture management, dairy nutrition, animal husbandry, animal housing and facilities, and personnel management.
The USDA funds three additional Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives. You can find resources and information about these initiatives on their websites:
- Dairy Business Innovation Alliance, hosted by Center for Dairy Research (CDR) and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) – Midwest region
- Southeast Dairy Business Innovation Center, hosted by University of Tennessee – Southeast region
- Pacific Coast Coalition, hosted by UC Fresno – West region