40,000 cows culled from national herd
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.