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Trend for lower dairy cow numbers continues after challenging 2023

MADISON, Wis. — A challenging year in 2023 has resulted in dairymen reducing the number of dairy cows in herds.

“During 2022, there was almost a flat number of cows throughout the majority of the year and as we got to 2023 the numbers started trickling lower and that trend has continued,” said Leonard Polzin, dairy markets and policy outreach specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“Our cow numbers aren’t outside the historical range, but we are starting to see the trend in lower cow numbers through this year,” said Polzin during a webinar hosted by Hoard’s Dairyman.

By Martha Blum

January 23, 2024

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