May Dairy Cow Slaughter Up 17,000 Head

June 25, 2009 07:00 PM

USDA reported this morning that 212,000 dairy cows were slaughtered through Federally-inspected plants in May. That's up 17,000 head from a year ago, but 3,000 head fewer than April 2009.


For the year to date, dairy cow slaughter is running 110,000 head stronger than last year. That's about a 10% increase over last year.


None of these numbers likely reflect the Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) herd retirement program. Those cows, some 103,000 head, started heading to market in June.

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