Dairy cow slaughter is up 2 percent year to date and has some similarly large ranges around culling. The largest percent change in slaughter regions is region 6(AR, LA, NM, OK & TX), up 26 percent from last year, followed by region 10(AK, ID, OR & WA), up 16 percent, and region 9(AZ, CA, HI & NV), up 6 percent. The remaining regions have seen a decrease in dairy cow slaughter.
The Daily Livestock Report indicates cow slaughter in October was 563k head, down 5.2 percent compared to a year ago. Even when adjusting for the diﬀerence in marketing days, cow slaughter was still 0.8 percent lower than the previous year and the ﬁfth consecutive month of lower cow slaughter. The decline was entirely due to fewer dairy cows coming to market. With cheese and milk prices on the retreat, it will be interesting to see how long this trend continues.