Dairy Cow Culling Slows in August

September 25, 2015 11:55 AM

USDA reported this week that dairy cows sent through federally inspected slaughter plants slowed up a bit in August.

Some 225,400 head were sent to slaughter in August, down 3,000 head from a year ago and down 13,000 head from July.

There was one more business day in July than in August. So the rate of slaughter on a daily basis was down even more, about 600 head per day.

Year-to-date, however, shows cow slaughter up from last year. Nearly 70,000 more cows have been culled this year than last, or roughly 4% more.

You can read the full report here.


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