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December 24, 2019

November Dairy Cow Culling Rate Unchanged From Year Ago

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

Dairy farmers sent 256,000 cows to slaughter through federally inspected plants in November, a a rate of culling virtually unchanged from a year ago, reports the United States Department of Agriculture.

The total number of head slaughtered this November was about 12,000 head higher, but there was one more business day this November. So the slaughter rate per day was up just 43 head, or 0.3%.

November 2019 kill rates were up 369 head per day, or about 3%, over October 2019.

To date, dairy farmers have sent 2,959,000 cows to slaughter in 2019, up 67,000 head over the first 11 months of 2018. For the year, dairy cow slaughter is up 2.3%.

You can read the full November USDA slaughter report here.