Brisk culling activity continues

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Dairy-cow slaughter is up. In August, 226,000 dairy cows were culled, according to last Friday’s USDA “Livestock Slaughter” report. That is 17,000 head more than July and 14,000 head more than a year ago. Year-to-date slaughter through August is up about 3.9 percent.

Beef production, at 2.27 billion pounds, was 7 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.91 million head, down 7 percent from August 2007. The average live weight was up 5 pounds from the previous year, at 1,284 pounds.

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