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December 20, 2018

November Dairy Cow Culling Up 10%

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

Dairy farmers sent 24,300 more dairy cows to slaughter in November than they did a year ago, representing a 10% increase in cull rate, the United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon. Some 268,000 dairy cows were sent to slaughter this November compared to 243,700 a year ago.

 

Though the total number of dairy cattle sent to slaughter in November was down 20,000 head from October, the kill rate per day was actually up 1.8% because there were two more business days in October than November.

 

Year-to-date, dairy farmers have culled 150,000 more cattle than they did by this time last year. That’s a percentage increase of 5.5%.

 

USDA reported Wednesday that total dairy cow numbers are down 38,000 head from a year ago, and down 48,000 head from the beginning of the year. 

 

Read the full USDA Livestock Slaughter Report here.

 

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