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Dairy Cow Culling Slowing?

July 25, 2013

Some 220,000 dairy cows were sent to slaughter in June, down 28,000 head from May and 9,000 head fewer than June 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon.

But the numbers can be a bit deceiving, since there were just 20 business days in June 2013. That’s two less than May and one less than June 2012. So on a per day basis, 11,000 cows were slaughtered in June 2013, 11,300 in May and 10,900 in June 2012.

Year-to-date, 1.567 million cows have been slaughtered in Federally-inspected plants. That number is 44,000 more than the first half of 2012, an increase of 2.8%.

You can read the full report here

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