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Here's Why Dairy Cattle Slaughter Numbers are Down


Milk production in May remained lower than the previous year. There had been some anticipation that production would be closer to the level of a year ago. The reason for this was the potential for higher milk prices based on what milk futures indicated. Higher milk prices generally result in stronger milk production as farmers do what they can to improve output. Higher milk prices make purchasing replacements at the current high prices less painful. It also decreases the desire to cull cows heavily.


More income is being generated from beef-on-dairy reducing the need to cull cows for more income. Many farms have been able to boost farm income substantially through the sale of beef-on-dairy calves.




By ROBIN SCHMAHL

June 26, 2024

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