U.S. Dairy Cow Slaughter Update – Apr ’18
Executive Summary U.S. dairy cow slaughter figures provided by USDA were recently updated with values spanning through Mar ’18. Highlights from the updated report include:
- U.S. dairy cow slaughter increased on a YOY basis for the 14th consecutive month during Mar ’18, finishing up 8.0% when normalized for slaughter days. The YOY increase in slaughter rates was the largest experienced in over five years on a percentage basis. Slaughter rates reached a 34 year seasonal high for the month of March.
- YOY increases in dairy cow slaughter continue to be led by the Northwestern United States. Dairy cow slaughter within Standard Federal Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington) finished most significantly higher, up 16,600 head from last year.
- Dairy cow slaughter within Standard Federal Region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada) declined on a YOY basis for the second consecutive month, finishing down 4,000 head.