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June Dairy Cow Slaughter Ahead of Last Year

July 20, 2012
By: Jim Dickrell, Dairy Today Editor

The United States Department of Agriculture reported this morning that 10,000 more dairy cows were sent to slaughter through Federally inspected plants this June compared to last year. That’s a 4.5% increase in kill rate.

In June, dairy producers sent 229,000 head to slaughter. Year-to-date, they have sent 1,523,000 cows to their demise, 65,000 more than last year (+4.5%).

Nevertheless, yesterday’s June milk production report estimated there are still 9,241,000 dairy cows on U.S. farms, 45,000 more than a year ago. As we reported yesterday, U.S. milk production was up 0.9% in June over last year. But that pace is slowing from the 5.3% increase in the first quarter and the estimated 2% increase April through June.

The full livestock slaughter report can be read here

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Smallest Dairy Farmer
The best thing to slow milk production is the blood bath going on right now. Hang on.......lower production has already been achieved, just behind in the market right now.
11:57 AM Jul 22nd



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