Dairy herd remains limited – Voice Of Muscatine

Dairy herd remains limited

A dairy market analyst says the milking herd isn’t likely to see major expansions anytime soon.

The Daily Dairy Report’s Sarina Sharp tells Brownfield it’s currently cost-prohibitive to expand dairy facilities and bred heifer numbers are at a ten-year low.

“We just don’t have the livestock to fuel a rapid expansion,” she explains.  “The only way that we’re going to expand is to really slow down cull rates and keep the cows that we have around.”

High beef prices have been encouraging strong dairy cow slaughter numbers this year and Sharp says semen sales indicate beef crosses continue to be more prevalent.

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