Dairy farmers sent 243,000 cows to slaughter through Federally-inspected plants in October, 12,000 more than October of last year. That’s a 5.2% increase.
Last week’s milk production report
also shows that total cow numbers are up 96,000 head over a year ago. October cow numbers were up 9,000 head over September but culling was down 4,000 head October versus September. In other words, lower culling rather than more heifers seemed to spike the higher total cow count.