U.S. Dairy Cow Slaughter Update – Jun ’18
Executive Summary U.S. dairy cow slaughter figures provided by USDA were recently updated with values spanning through May ’18. Highlights from the updated report include:
- U.S. dairy cow slaughter increased on a YOY basis for the 16th consecutive month during May ’18, finishing up 3.3% when normalized for slaughter days. Slaughter rates reached a five year seasonal high for the month of May.
- 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 14,100 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 third time in the past four months, finishing down 5,600 head.