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March 22, 2018

Dairy Cow Culling Up 3% in February

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon that dairy farmers sent 260,700 dairy cows to slaughter through federally inspected plants in February. That’s a 3% increase over last February.

At first blush, it appears February culling was down substantially compared to January since 29,000 fewer cows were marketed. But January had 22 business days compared to 20 in February, meaning the dropoff was just 140 cows per day, or about 1%.

Year-to-date, 550,000 cows have been culled, some 28,000 more than a year ago. That represents an increase of 5.4%. And it’s despite the fact USDA is reporting there are 45,000 more cows on farms than a year ago

You can read the full livestock slaughter report here.