Cows feeding at bunk.
April 19, 2018

March Dairy Cow Culling Spikes Over Year Ago

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

On a strictly numeric basis, March 2018 dairy cow culling jumped 26,000 head over February and nearly 16,000 head over a year ago, the United States Department of Agriculture reported today. Some 287,000 dairy cows were processed through federally inspected plants this March.


But because days of plant operation were different for each month, the true picture is slightly different. March 2018 culling was barely up at all on a daily kill basis over February 2018. But March 2018 culling was up 1,250 head/day over a year ago, or about 10%.


Year-to-date, 2018 dairy cow slaughter is up about 44,000 head over 2017, or about 5.5%.


Read the full March slaughter report here. USDA also released its 2017 annual livestock slaughter report yesterday, which breaks down cattle kill by region.