Cows at bunk eating.
November 28, 2016

Dairy Cow Slaughter Slows Considerably

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The United States Department of Agriculture reports that dairy cows slaughtered through federally inspected plants in October slowed substantially. There were 19,000 fewer head slaughtered in October compared to a year ago (down 7.4%), and 11,400 head fewer processed than September (down 4.4%).

Year-to-date, cull is running nearly 40,000 head less than 2015, or down about 1.6%.

Read the full report here.

The culling numbers somewhat reflect last week’s milk production report, which showed year-over-year cow numbers up 15,000 head. Milk production in October was up 2.5%, but that was mostly due to more milk per cow.