Cows feeding at bunk.
May 24, 2018

April Dairy Cow Culling Again Up

 |  By: Jim Dickrell


Dairy farmers continued to cull cows in April over year-earlier levels, but have not continued shipments at the torrid pace of March, the United States Department of Agriculture reported today in its Livestock Slaughter Report. The results are from federally inspected meat packing plants.


In April, farms sent 248,900 cows to slaughter, up 3.9% from last April on a day-of-business basis. (April 2018 had one more working day than April 2017.)  Compared to March, daily culling was actually down 9%. Some 287,000 cows were culled in March.


Year-to-date, culling continues 4.6% ahead of last year.


You can read the entire April Livestock Slaughter report here.