2014 dairy cow culling slips 12% behind last year

Despite record-high beef prices, the number of U.S. dairy cows culled for slaughter under federal inspection fell further behind last year, according to USDA’s monthly Livestock Slaughter report.

U.S. dairy cows culled for slaughter in September 2014 was estimated at 237,700 head, 9,200 more than August 2014, but down 20,900 from September 2013.

January-September 2014 slaughter was estimated at 2.089 million head, down 253,300 from the same period in 2013.

For the year to date, 30% of culled cows came from USDA Zone 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH & WI); 25% came from USDA Zone 9 (AZ, CA, HI & NV).

 

Weekly dairy cow slaughter under federal inspection

Week ending Oct. 11: 55,300 head

Year-to-date (YTD) 2014: 2.202 million head

YTD compared to same period 2013: -260,900 head

Highlights: For the week, 27% 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

 

New Holland Sales Stables

Dairy replacement sales results from New Holland, Pa. on Oct. 22. Compared to last week, dairy cows sold mostly steady to $100 higher; demand was very good. Bred heifers sold mostly steady compared to last week; demand was moderate. Wednesday's supply included 74 fresh milking cows, 13 springing cows, 23 short-bred cows, 76 springing heifers, 94 short-bred heifers, 59 open heifers and 29 bulls. All sales on a per-head basis, Holsteins unless otherwise noted.

 

Fresh cows

Supreme: 2900-3500; Jersey/Crossbred 1800-2900

Approved: 2200-2800; Jersey/Crossbred 1450-1600

Medium: 1600-2150; Jersey/Crossbred 1050-1100

Common: 1225-1600; Jersey/Crossbred 625-875

 

Springing cows (7-9 months)

Supreme: 2450

Approved: 1800-2250

Medium: 1600

 

Bred cows: (4-6 months)

Supreme: Jersey/Crossbred 1850-2100

Approved: 1400-1600; Jersey/Crossbred 1200-1650

 

Short-bred cows: (1-3 months)

Supreme: 2600

Approved: 1500-1700

Medium: 1425

 

Springing heifers (7-9 months)

Supreme: 2100-2650

Approved: 1600-1975; Jersey/Crossbred 1650-1675

Medium: 1300-1500

 

Bred heifers (4-6 months)      

Supreme: 1800-2200

Approved: 1500-1700; Jersey/Crossbred 1175-1575

Medium: 1000-1300

 

Short bred heifers (1-3 months)

Supreme: 1700-1900

Approved: 1400-1600; Jersey/Crossbred 1100-1400

Medium: 1000-1275

 

Open Heifers

Approved

600-900 lbs 850-1050

900-1200 lbs 1200-1475

1200-1500 lbs 1400-1425

 

Medium

300-600 lbs 375-500

600-900 lbs 625-775

900-1200 lbs 1150-1200