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>Date:         Thu, 12 Oct 2000 21:30:08 -0400
>Reply-To: UVM Beef Discussion Group <[log in to unmask]>
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>From: Monty Adams <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject:      Re: questions
>Comments: To: John Winder <[log in to unmask]>
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>On Tue, 10 Oct 2000 11:38:27 -0400, John Winder <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> >Now that we have several people on the list, let me submit two basic
> >questions for you to consider.
> >
> >1) What is (are) the most limiting factor(s) to the success of the beef
> >industry in the state?  By "most limiting" I mean things that keep the
> >industry from reaching its collective goals.
> >
> >2)  What is (are) the most limiting factor(s) to you as an individual
> >producer?   What are the most critical factors that keep you as producers
> >from reaching your goals?
>
>John,
>It was a pleasure meeting you at the grass short course in September.
>       In response to your questions, I believe the greatest threat to the
>expansion of the beef industry in Vermont, is the same as in other states.
>We as an industry are individualists to the extreme. We have a hard time
>accepting a collective effort and continue to want to go it alone. We might
>socialize in the company of other beef people, but we don't want anyone
>interfering with our business. In this we create a dilemma, too proud to
>accept the advice or help of others, even if it costs us our business.
>      I think that we need to address this before any cooperative effort
>will be achieved.
>      I have worked closely with cooperatives in the past and they do work,
>from marketing associations to giants like Farmland Industries. At this
>point in time, our greatest asset is our collective strength in numbers. In-
>order to make our voice heard, we have to be firmly committed to the
>industry, with everone taking part.
>      I have been in Vermont for one year now and am amazed by the culture,
>the people and most of all, with the grass. With grazing like this there
>isn't any reason we can't build a leading beef industry.
>      Thanks for putting this together.
>Monty