40,000 cows culled from na­tional herd

Dairy News Australia - - MARKETS -

TWO DIF­FI­CULT sea­sons of tight cash­flows has seen ex­ten­sive culling of dairy cows.

Culling rates were al­ready el­e­vated early in the 2015/16 sea­son, how­ever the monthly num­bers shot up im­me­di­ately in April, and re­mained el­e­vated through­out the first few months of the 2016/17 Sea­son.

While it is dif­fi­cult to es­ti­mate ex­actly how many cows have been culled, data from the Na­tional Live­stock Re­port­ing Ser­vice shows the monthly num­ber of dairy cull cows go­ing through sa­le­yards, which has served to re­duce the Aus­tralian dairy herd by per­haps an ex­tra 40,000 cat­tle since the be­gin­ning of the 2015/16 Sea­son.

Over time, the Aus­tralian dairy in­dus­try will ad­just to over­come these con­straints.

Since Oc­to­ber 2016, monthly cull cow num­bers have eased, sug­gest­ing im­proved sen­ti­ment and a de­sire to re­build herds, even as cull cow prices re­main well above his­tor­i­cal av­er­ages.

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