U.S. Dairy Cow Slaughter Update – Jan ’21
Executive Summary U.S. dairy cow slaughter figures provided by the USDA were recently updated with values spanning through Dec ’20. Highlights from the updated report include:
- Dec ’20 U.S. dairy cow slaughter rates declined 1.2% on a YOY basis when normalizing for slaughter days, reaching a three year low seasonal level.
- Recent declines in slaughter rates have contributed to the U.S. milk cow herd rebounding to a 29 month high level through Nov ’20.
- YOY declines in dairy cow slaughter rates continue to be led by Standard Federal Region 3 (Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia).