Herd Retirement Bids Indicate Dairies Struggling in West

May 19, 2009 07:00 PM
 


Cooperatives Working Together officials released more detailed information about the size and scope of the latest herd retirement program that will remove nearly 103,000 cows, which produced two billion pounds of milk last year. Seventy-nine percent of the 103,000 cows to be removed come from the Western and Southwest regions of the U.S. (Scroll down to see chart.)

"All dairy farmers are stressed economically right now. However, the number of cows bid in this round by producers in the West and Southwest is an indication that their financial stress is particularly acute given where their milk prices and input costs are,” says Jim Tillison, Chief Operating Officer of CWT.

All farmers bidding in this round will be notified no later than June 12, 2009, as to whether their bid was among those accepted.

Region

Northeast

Southeast

Midwest

Southwest

West

Total

Total Bids Received

69

72

178

89

127

535

Total Bids Accepted

42

56

134

68

88

388

Total Cows Offered

7,287

8,954

11,754

62,221

71,591

161,807

Total Cows Accepted

5,156

7,042

8,595

43,607

38,498

102,898

Total Milk Offered

139.5 million pounds

145.7 million pounds

208.0 million pounds

1.13 billion pounds

1.34 billion pounds

2.96 billion pounds

Total Milk Accepted

104.7 million pounds

117.3 million pounds

154.1  million pounds

862.8  million pounds

761.1 million pounds

2.0 billion pounds

% Milk Accepted

5%

6%

8%

43%

38%

100%

% Cows Accepted

5%

7%

8%

42%

37%

100%

States in each region

CT, DE, ME, MA, MD, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

AL, AR, GA, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV

IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, ND, OH, SD, WI

AR, CO, KS, NE, NM, OK, TX

CA, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY

 

 


 

 

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