May 19, 2016

Dairy Cow Culling Slows in April

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon that dairy cows slaughtered through federally inspected plants was down substantially from March and a year ago April. This is reflective of the higher cow numbers on U.S. dairy farms in April, up 4,000 head from March, USDA also reported today

April 2016 culling was 227,000 head, down 13% from March and down 6.5% from April 2015. But those numbers are bit misleading because business days in April 2016 were also the fewest.

On a per day of business basis, April 2016 culling was down 5.2% from March, and down just 2% from last March. Year-to-date, cow culling has just surpassed one million head. But it’s down 1% from a year ago.

Read the entire report here.