Demand for U.S. female replacement dairy cattle bounced back in May. USDA’s Foreign Ag Service said 4,938 female dairy replacements were exported during the month, the highest monthly total since December 2013. The January-May total is 19,762 head, down slightly from the pace set over the same period in 2012 and 2013.

Jordan was the top market in May, at 2,439 head, followed by Russia, at 1,534 head.

Mexico remained the biggest dairy replacement market so far in 2014, taking 656 head in May, for a five-month total of 9,333, or about 47% of all exported female dairy cattle.