Cull cow slaughter levels come back down to earth

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After reaching high levels in January, slaughter of cull dairy cows dropped to a more-normal range in February.

According to the “Livestock Slaughter” report by USDA on Thursday, 259,000 dairy cows were slaughtered under federal inspection in February ― down 38,000 from January and down 2,000 from February 2012.

The 297,000 figure in January was the highest monthly slaughter figure since 1986. Read more.

The high cull rate in January came as no surprise, since many farms had to deal with high feed cost and low profitability.  

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N Y  |  March, 22, 2013 at 01:08 PM

I believe that it would help milk prices if we could get to around 9 million cows , slightly less may not hurt . If we have lower priced feed, Dairymen will increase milk output just because they can . We dairymen tend not to consider what the markets will take care of at a profit to ourselves , we just produce . If we expect to be called businessmen , lets act like one and put a price on our production and labor .

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