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.