U.S. Dairy Cow Slaughter Update – Jul ’18
Executive Summary U.S. dairy cow slaughter figures provided by USDA were recently updated with values spanning through Jun ’18. Highlights from the updated report include:
- U.S. dairy cow slaughter increased on a YOY basis for the 17th consecutive month during Jun ’18, finishing up 2.5% when normalized for slaughter days. Slaughter rates reached a nine year seasonal high for the month of June.
- 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 8,900 head from last year.
- Dairy cow slaughter within Standard Federal Region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada) finished lower on a YOY basis for the fourth time in the past five months, finishing down 6,300 head.