The dairy farming in Taiwan started to develop with the government's strong support in 1957. Since then, dairy farming has undergone several major crises. Especially in 1965 with the lifting of the import restriction on milk powder, the opening up of domestic market to beef imports in 1975, breaking out Foot and Mouth Disease in 1997, and Taiwan becoming membership of WTO in 2000. Yet, the adverse environmental factors in Taiwan such as high temperatures and limited agricultural land availability for grass and grain planting as well as insufficient skilled labor have together resulted in relatively high cost in milk production.
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