USDA reported this morning that 231,000 dairy cows were slaughtered in Federally-inspected plants in December, which are 22,000 more than in November. Year-to-date, 2.815 million dairy cows headed to McDonald's and other such destinations, or 224,000 more than in 2008. (Read the report at http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/LiveSlau/LiveSlau-01-22-2010.pdf)
USDA's milk production report released Tuesday (http://www.agweb.com/DairyToday/Article.aspx?id=155553) estimates there are now 9.082 million dairy cows left on farms, 252,000 less than a year ago.
Cooperatives Working Together www.cwt.coop was responsible for at least 201,000 of those cows going to market. That's the number CWT bought out in 2009, though more might actually have gone to market in 2009 since the second round of CWT's 2008 culling was taking place in December 2008 and January 2009.