September U.S. female dairy cattle exports plummet

High domestic prices led to the smallest monthly U.S. female dairy replacement export total in more than five years, according to USDA’s Foreign Ag Service. September’s exports totaled just 646 head, the smallest number since June 2009.

And, all the exported animals stayed close to home: Canada was the leading importer, with 362 head; followed by Mexico, with 284 head.

Year-to-date, U.S. dairy replacement animal exports total 27,967 head, down nearly 22,000 from same period a year ago.


Weekly dairy cow slaughter under federal inspection

Week ending Oct. 25: 56,100 head

Year-to-date (YTD) 2014: 2.313 million head

YTD compared to same period 2013: -270,300 head

Highlights: For the week, 25% came from USDA Zone 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH & WI); 27% came from USDA Zone 9 (AZ, CA, HI & NV).

Source: USDA Weekly Cow Slaughter Report


September U.S. alfalfa hay exports lower

U.S. alfalfa hay exports totaled 132,520 metric tons in September, the lowest monthly total since February, according to USDA’s Foreign Ag Service. China was the top foreign alfalfa hay market for the month (57,346 metric tons), followed by Japan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Meanwhile, September 2014 U.S. exports of other hay, at 122,863 metric tons, were up slightly from August and the highest total since May. Japan was the leading market for the month (69,069 metric tons), followed by South Korea and China.


Mammoth Cave Dairy Auction

Dairy replacement sales results from Smiths Grove, Ky., on Nov. 4:

(Holsteins, price per head, unless otherwise noted)

Springers: 2-3 years old, 5-8 months bred

Supreme: 1875-2475

Approved: 1550-1775

Medium: 1200-1475

Common: 1025-1150


Fresh Milking Cows: 2-4 years old

Supreme: 1875-2825

Approved: 1550-1625

Medium: 1300-1350

Common: 1075-1200


Short Bred: 2-3 years old, 1-4 months bred

Supreme: 1675-1800

Approved: 1475-1600

Common: 975-1075


Open Heifers: (Supreme & Approved)

200-300 lbs. 360-585

300-400 lbs. 530-750

400-500 lbs. 610-835

500-600 lbs. 810

600-700 lbs. 1300-1350

700-900 lbs. 1275-1550


Holstein Heifers Calves: Small 140-210; Medium-Large 230-350.