The United States Department of Agriculture reported today that dairy farmers culled 238,000 dairy cows in September, 21,000 fewer head that a year ago. And since there was one more business day in September 2014 than in 2013, the numbers are actually even worse.
On a per day basis, culling was down about 1,600 bovines, or a 12.5% decrease.
On the other hand, culling was actually up in September compared to August of this year, with 9,000 more cows moving to slaughter.
You can read the full report here.