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Weekly cow slaughter highest since mid-April

Weekly cow slaughter highest since mid-April
USDA estimated 62,600 culled dairy cows were slaughtered under federal inspection during the week ending Aug. 31, the highest weekly total since mid-April. The weekly total brought the 2013 year-to-date total to 2.093 million head, about 50,500 more than the corresponding period a year ago.
Of the weekly total, about 26% (16,200 head) came from USDA’s Zone #9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada). Obviously, most culling came from Arizona and California, since Nevada (29,000) and Hawaii (2,000) had just 31,000 cows combined in 2012.
Another 15% (9,700) were culled from Zone #3 (Delaware-Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia) during the week ending Aug. 31. The report did not list culling totals in another high cow population area, Zone #5 (Upper Midwest, including Wisconsin).
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