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Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium

Purpose

To address major research and educational needs of a rapidly expanding dairy industry on the Southern Great Plains of New Mexico and Texas, extending into Oklahoma and Kansas. These efforts are aimed at providing a multidisciplinary federal, industry and state-supported program dedicated to:

Relevance

In recent years a large migration of dairies to the Southern Great Plains has occurred from other parts of the United States and from within Texas. Currently, New Mexico ranks eighth and Texas ranks sixth in total milk production, with combined sales of $1.8 billion and a $5 billion economic impact. Tremendous growth of milk production in the area has promoted the development of an excellent dairy infrastructure, including Southwest Cheese in Clovis, New Mexico (2005); Hilmar Cheese plant in Dalhart, Texas (2007); and Pacific Cheese Co. plant in Amarillo, Texas (2008).

Potential Impacts

Lead Agency: New Mexico State University

Partners: Texas Tech University
Texas A&M University System
USDA-Agricultural Research Service-Bushland
West Texas A&M University
Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
Tarleton State University
USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture