U.S. Dairy Cow Slaughter Update – May ’20
Executive Summary U.S. dairy cow slaughter figures provided by the USDA were recently updated with values spanning through Apr ’20. Highlights from the updated report include:
- U.S. dairy cow slaughter rates declined seasonally from the previous month but finished higher on a YOY basis for the first time in the past seven months during Apr ’20, increasing by 4.1% when normalizing for slaughter days and reaching a 34 year high seasonal level.
- Month-over-month declines in dairy cow slaughter rates were led by Standard Federal Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin).
- YOY increases in dairy cow slaughter rates were led by Standard Federal Region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada).