Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has tentatively accepted 294 bids in the third herd retirement it has conducted in the last nine months, according to a news release from National Milk Producers Federation.
The 86,710 cows and 1.8 billion pounds of milk accepted in this round, combined with CWT's previous two herd retirements, equal a total production capacity of 4.8 billion pounds of milk being removed since December 2008.
This is the second-largest herd retirement since the farmer-funded self-help program started in 2003. The previous retirement round completed in July removed a record 101,000 cows and 1.96 billion pounds of milk.
"These two summer 2009 herd retirements, combined with the USDA's recent price support increases, should result in very positive movement in dairy farmers' milk prices,” said Jerry Kozak, President and CEO of NMPF, which administers CWT.
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