Cows at feeding bunk.
October 29, 2018

September Dairy Culling Pace Up From August

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The United States Department of Agriculture reports that dairy farmers were culling cows at a more rapid pace in September than in August, even though the total number of cattle sent to slaughter was down 32,000 head.


The reason: There were just 19 business days in September compared to 23 in August. On a per business day basis, farmers sold 860 more head in September than October, an increase of 7%.


On a year-over-year basis, September 2018 culling was down slightly, 0.8%, from September 2017. But on a year-to-date basis, dairy farmers have sent nearly 100,000 more cows to slaughter this year compared to 2018. That’s an increase of 4.4%.


You can read the entire slaughter report here.