Weekly dairy cow slaughter under federal inspection
Week ending Aug. 2: 50,200 head
Year-to-date (YTD) 2014: 1,657,900 head
YTD compared to same period 2013: -195,200 head
Highlights: For the week, 29% came from USDA Zone 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH & WI); 25% came from USDA Zone 9 (AZ, CA, HI & NV).
Source: USDA Weekly Cow Slaughter Report
June dairy consumption increases
Based on dairy statistics from USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service and Foreign Agricultural Service, total dairy consumption for June was higher than last year.
Total cheese consumption was reported at 966.7 million lbs., up 35.5 million lbs. (3.8%) from the prior year. Higher consumption is attributed to a 32.2% increase in exports and a 2% increase in domestic consumption from the prior year.
Despite a decrease of 30.4% in domestic consumption of nonfat dry milk (NFDM)/skim milk powder, total consumption was supported by a 26% year-over-year increase in exports to 191.3 million lbs., up 2.5 million lbs. (1.3%) from a year ago.
Total butter consumption was reported at 148 million lbs., up 3 million lbs. (2.1%) from the prior year.
The main driver in overall higher consumption was a 7-million lb. (5.1%) increase in domestic consumption. June butter exports declined 3.6 million lbs. (21.2%) from the prior year.
Source: Dairy Farmers of America
Dairy replacement sales results from New Holland, Pa. on Aug. 13. Compared to last week, dairy cows sold mostly steady on a light test. Demand was moderate. Bred heifers sold mostly firm compared to a light test last week. Demand was good. Trade was active. Wednesday's supply included 77 fresh milking cows, 18 springing cows, 11 short bred cows, 118 springing heifers, 315 short bred heifers, 260 open heifers and 11 bulls. All sales Holsteins sold on a per head basis unless otherwise noted.
Springing cows (7-9 months)
Supreme: 1950-2250 Few
Bred Cows: (4-6 months)
Approved: 1525-1650 Few
Short Bred Cows: (1-3 months)
Approved: 1500-1550 Few
Springing heifers (7-9 months)
Bred heifers (4-6 months)
Short bred heifers (1-3 months)
600-900 lbs 1275-1300
900-1200 lbs 1375-1425
1200-1500 lbs 1650 Individual
300-600 lbs 775-800
600-900 lbs 1050-1200
900-1200 lbs 1200-1350
1200-1500 lbs 1275-1400
300-600 lbs 575-725
600-900 lbs 950-1010
900-1200 lbs 1010-1175