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
Fresh Milking Cows: 2-4 years old
Short Bred: 2-3 years old, 1-4 months bred
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.