Weekly dairy cow slaughter under federal inspection
Week ending July 26: 52,600 head
Year-to-date (YTD) 2014: 1,607,7000 head
YTD compared to same period 2013: -184,700 head
Highlights: For the week, 32% came from USDA Zone 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH & WI); 24% came from USDA Zone 9 (AZ, CA, HI & NV).
Source: USDA Weekly Cow Slaughter Report
Dairy replacement sales results from “Big Event Dairy Sale,” Turlock, Calif., on Aug. 6, featuring consignments from McFarlane Farms and Robert & Candace Mendes herds. Prices $/head unless otherwise noted:
#1 milk cows: 2500-3600
#2 milk cows: 1800-2400
#1 dry cows: 2400-3500
#2 dry cows: 1700-2300
Weigh dairy cows
Top yielding: 100-119/cwt.
Medium yielding: 82-94/cwt.
Low yielding: 55-81/cwt.
Dairy replacement sales results from New Holland, Pa. on Aug. 6. Compared to last week, dairy cows sold mostly steady. Part of cattle offered were from a consigned herd made up of certified organic cows. Demand was moderate. Bred heifers sold mostly steady on a light test. Demand was moderate. Trade was active. Wednesday's supply included 162 fresh milking cows, 11 springing cows, 17 short-bred cows, 57 springing heifers, 52 short bred heifers, 20 open heifers, and 12 bulls. One hundred percent of
reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.
Supreme: 2300-3200; certified organic 2000-2675
Approved: 1700-2250; certified organic 1500-1950
Medium: 1300-1600; certified organic 1000-1400
Springing cows (7-9 months)
Supreme: 1950-2100 few
Medium: 1250-1500 few
Bred Cows: (4-6 months)
Supreme: 1800-2000 few
Approved: 1600-1700 few
Short Bred Cows: (1-3 months)
Supreme: 1800-2100 few
Springing heifers (7-9 months)
Bred heifers (4-6 months)
Short bred heifers (1-3 months)
600-900 lbs 910-950
900-1200 lbs 1175-1385
600-900 lbs 675-700
900-1200 lbs 1010-1100
June U.S. hay exports weaker
U.S. alfalfa hay exports totaled 34,775 metric tons in June, the lowest total since February, according to USDA’s Foreign Ag Service. China was the top foreign hay market for the month, at 52,794 metric tons (MT); followed by Japan, at 37,369 MT; and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), at 17,879 MT.