Cull cow prices continue surge; culling not so much

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Weekly dairy cow slaughter under federal inspection

Week ending Aug. 16: 52,900 head

Year-to-date (YTD) 2014: 1,764,100 head

YTD compared to same period 2013: -207,300 head

Highlights: For the week, 28% came from USDA Zone 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH & WI); 26% came from USDA Zone 9 (AZ, CA, HI & NV).

Source: USDA Weekly Cow Slaughter Report


Cull cow prices top $1.20/lb.

Estimated U.S. August 2014 cull cow prices (beef and dairy combined) averaged $121.00/cwt., according to the USDA/NASS Ag Prices report. The average is up $6.00/cwt. from July’s revised estimate, and $37.10/cwt. more than August 2013.Year-to-date, the cull cow price has averaged $104.34/cwt., up $22.05 from January-August 2013.

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