More Cows Move to Slaughter

September 24, 2009 07:00 PM
USDA released dairy cow slaughter numbers for August this morning, which indicate 13,000 more cows went through Federally-inspected plants this August compared to a year ago. Eleven thousand more head were slaughtered in August 2009 compared to July 2009.
To date, 1.912 million cows have been slaughtered in 2009, up 217,000 head (13%) over 2008.
Note, however, that the Cooperatives Working Together program has culled 226,000 cows and some 5,000 bred heifers in 2009. 
So it appears that dairy producers not selling their herds through CWT have actually culled 14,000 head less this year when you add in the bred heifers than a year ago.

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