Weekly dairy cow slaughter under federal inspection

High beef prices and lower milk prices are providing incentives for increased cow culling. With estimates for Jan. 24, it marked the first time dairy cow culling topped 64,000 for three consecutive weeks since March 2013.

Week ending Jan. 24: 65,500 head

Year-to-date (YTD) 2015: 243,700 head

YTD compared to same period 2014: +3,800 head

Weekly regional highlights: Across major dairy regions of the country, 17% of total dairy cows culled came from Zone 3 (DE, MD, PA, VA & WV); 26% 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

 

Idaho Producers Livestock Marketing Association

Dairy replacement sales results from Jerome, Idaho, on Feb. 4:

Springers (top 150): 1800 with top of 2190

Fresh heifers: Not tested

Short-bred heifers: Not tested

Open heifers:

 (500-600 lbs.): 149/cwt.

 (700-800 lbs.): 140/cwt.

 

Mammoth Cave Dairy Auction

Dairy replacement sale results from Smiths Grove, Ky., on Feb. 3.

794 head sold.

(Holsteins, price per head, unless otherwise noted)

 

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

Supreme: 1825-2175

Approved: 1500-1775

Medium: 1250-1475

Common: 900-1175

 

Fresh Milking Cows: 2-4 years old

Supreme: 1900-2100

Approved: 1650-1825

Medium: 1400-1550

Common: 1075-1275

 

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

Supreme: 1500

Approved: 1450-1475

Medium: Not tested

Common: Not tested

 

Open Heifers

Supreme

300-400 lbs.: 710

 

Approved

200-300 lbs.: 360

 

Holstein Heifers Calves: Small 130-190; Medium-Large 240-370.

 

New Holland Sales Stables

Dairy replacement sales results from New Holland, Pa. on Feb. 4. Compared to previous sale, replacement cows sold mostly steady. Bred heifers sold mostly steady. Demand was moderate. 231 head sold. All sales on a per-head basis, Holsteins unless otherwise noted.

 

Fresh cows

Supreme: 2300-2800 Individual 3000

Approved: 1800-2200

Medium: 1300-1700

Common: 1000-1200

 

Springing cows (7-9 months)

Supreme: 2050-2150

Approved: 1700-1850

Medium: 1400-1675

 

Bred cows (4-6 months)      

Approved: 1400-1550

 

Short-bred cows (1-3 months)

Supreme: 2000-2300

Approved: 1600-1700

Medium: 1300-1500

 

Cull cows

1075-1425

 

Springing heifers (7-9 months)

Supreme: 1600-2000

Approved: 1400-1550

Medium: 1150-1350

Common: 750-1125

 

Bred heifers (4-6 months)      

Approved: 1425-1525

 

Short bred heifers (1-3 months)

Approved: 1200-1400

Medium: 1000-1175

Common: 975-1000

 

Open Heifers

300-600 lbs:

Approved: 650-700 Few

Medium: 485-585

Common: 385-475

 

600-900 lbs:

Approved: 900-1000

Medium: 800-875

Common: 575-775

Common: 485-750

 

900-1200 lbs:

Not tested