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April 20, 2017

March Dairy Cow Slaughter Up 3.4%

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

Even though dairy cow numbers were up an estimated 59,000 head in March, dairy cow culling was also up nearly 9,000 head (3.4%). The difference might be the large number of dairy replacement animals that continue to come on stream.

The United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon that 271,000 dairy cows were harvested through federally inspected plants in March. That’s also up some 18,000 head over February, but March had three more business days than February as well. (On a daily basis, the cow kill was actually down 7% in March compared to February.)

Dairy cow culling is running 1% higher than a year ago through the first quarter. Read the full livestock slaughter report here.