USDA reports this morning that 2,000 fewer dairy cows were sent to slaughter in Federally inspected plants in July compared to a year ago. A total of 226,000 cows were culled last month.
However, that’s 12,000 more cows than were culled in June 2010. Year-to-date, some 1.595 million cows have been hamburgered. That’s 78,000 head fewer than a year ago, a drop of 4.7%. The full report can be found here
The July culling numbers likely don’t reflect many Cooperative Working Together cows that were accepted into the 10th round of herd retirements
. The first of those 194 herds (with nearly 35,000 cows) were inspected in mid-July, and they then had 15 days to sell cows to slaughter.