U.S. Dairy Cow Slaughter Update – Aug ’18
Executive Summary U.S. dairy cow slaughter figures provided by USDA were recently updated with values spanning through Jul ’18. Highlights from the updated report include:
- U.S. dairy cow slaughter increased on a YOY basis for the 18th consecutive month during Jul ’18, finishing up 3.8% when normalized for slaughter days. Slaughter rates reached a five year seasonal high for the month of July.
- 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 6,400 head from last year.
- Dairy cow slaughter within Standard Federal Region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada) finished higher on a YOY basis for just the second time in the past six months, finishing up 1,800 head.