U.S. Dairy Cow Slaughter Update – Apr ’20
Executive Summary U.S. dairy cow slaughter figures provided by the USDA were recently updated with values spanning through Mar ’20. Highlights from the updated report include:
- U.S. dairy cow slaughter rates increased contraseasonally but remained lower a YOY basis for the fifth time in the past six months during Mar ’20, finishing down 6.7% when normalizing for slaughter days. The YOY decline in dairy cow slaughter rates was the largest experienced throughout the past five years on a percentage basis.
- Month-over-month increases in dairy cow slaughter rates were led by Standard Federal Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska).
- YOY declines in dairy cow slaughter rates were led by Standard Federal Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin).