Cows at feeding at bunk.
May 26, 2017

April Dairy Cow Slaughter Ahead of Last Year

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The United States Department of Agriculture reports this week that dairy farmers sent 228,000 cows to slaughter in federally-inspected plants in April. That’s 1,000 head more than a year ago, but on a daily basis, about 5% more than last year.

The pace was down slightly from March. Some 271,000 head were slaughtered in March, but March had 23 business days compared to April’s 21. On a daily basis, about 382 more cows were culled in March than in April.

Year to date, farmers have culled 10,400 more cattle in 2017 compared to 2016, which is about  a 1% increase.

Click here for the entire April livestock slaughter report.