Compared to a year ago, August culling was actually 8,000 head fewer. And year-to-date, 86,000 fewer dairy cows have moved through Federally-inspected slaughter facilities. That’s a 4.5% decline, reflective of the fact that dairy cow numbers have been again increasing and have been doing so since January. See August’s milk production report
. USDA’s says there were 9.135 million dairy cows in August, down just 24,000 head from a year ago.