DTN Closing Dairy Comments
Robin Schmahl DTN Contributing Analyst
Thu Feb 21, 2013 03:16 PM CST

Dairy producers sent 297,000 head of cows to slaughter during January, the largest monthly dairy slaughter since March 1992. According to the Milk Production report, only six of the 23 selected states milked fewer cows during January than the previous year, and with these states combined there were 2,000 fewer head on farms in January than the previous year. To break this down, dairy culling totaled 33,000 more head in January than January 2012, while the herd size was down just 2,000 head. Replacements moved in for a large amount of the cows moving out. Of the six states ...

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