Weekly dairy cow slaughter under federal inspection

Weekly dairy cull cow slaughter continues to outpace year-ago levels and, while it’s still early in the year, is now ahead of year-to-date totals for 2012, when more than 3 million dairy cull cows were sold for beef.

Week ending Feb. 14: 63,700 head

Year-to-date (YTD) 2015: 434.900 head

YTD compared to same period 2014: +23,400 head

Weekly regional highlights: Across major dairy regions of the country, 11% of total dairy cows culled came from Zone 3 (DE, MD, PA, VA & WV); 24% came from USDA Zone 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH & WI); 28% came from USDA Zone 9 (AZ, CA, HI & NV).

Source: USDA Weekly Cow Slaughter Report

 

Sulphur Springs Dairy Auction

Dairy replacement sale results from Sulphur Spring, Texas, on Feb. 19. 290 head sold.

Fresh cows: 1750-2550

Holstein Springers: 1800-2600

Breeding age heifers: 940-1275

Small heifers: 500-925

Heifer calves: 180-400

 

Mammoth Cave Dairy Auction

Dairy replacement sale results from Smiths Grove, Ky., on Feb. 24.

723 head sold.

(Holsteins, price per head, unless otherwise noted)

 

Springers: 2-3 years old, 5-8 months bred

Supreme: 1800-1925

Approved: 1525-1775

Medium: 1200-1475

Common: 900-1125

 

Fresh Milking Cows: 2-4 years old

Supreme: 1800-2175

Approved: 1750

Medium: 1425

Common: 950-1125

 

Short Bred: 2-3 years old, 1-4 months bred

Supreme: No test

Approved: 1425-1500

Medium: No test

Common: 1150

 

Open Heifers

Supreme

200-300 lbs.: 475

 

Approved

200-300 lbs.: 350

300-400 lbs.: 535

400-500 lbs.: 600-685

 

Medium

200-300 lbs.: 230-280

300-400 lbs.: 330-350

 

Holstein Heifers Calves: Small 60-170; Medium-Large 190-340.

 

 

New Holland Sales Stables

Dairy replacement sales results from New Holland, Pa. on Feb. 25. Compared to previous sale, replacement cows sold steady; demand was good. Replacement heifers sold steady; demand was good. 302 head sold. All sales on a per-head basis, Holsteins unless otherwise noted.

 

Fresh cows

Supreme: 2200-2400

Approved: 1900-2200

Medium: 1600-1900

Common: 1100-1350

 

Springing cows (7-9 months)      

Approved 1675-1850

 

Short-bred cows (1-3 months)

Medium: 1250-1300

 

Springing heifers (7-9 months)

Approved: 1650-1850

Medium: 1350-1600

Common: 950-1300

 

Short bred heifers (1-3 months)

Medium : 1200-1400

 

Open Heifers

300-600 lbs:

Approved: 775-825

Medium: 435-625

 

600-900 lbs:

Approved: 1175-1200

Medium: 750-950

 

900-1200 lbs:

Medium: 1225-1250

Common: 1000-1100