U.S. December cow numbers drop

U.S. cow numbers declined for a seventh consecutive month and are now the lowest since August 2020. December 2021 cow numbers were also down 7,000 from the revised November estimate and are now also down 132,000 head since peaking in May 2021.

In the 24 major dairy states, December 2021 cow numbers were down 42,000 from a year earlier and down 8,000 head from the revised November estimate. The 24-state dairy herd is now down 115,000 head from the May 2021 peak.

Compared to a year earlier (Table 1), December 2021 cow numbers were reported higher in eight states and lower in 14 states; Oregon and Vermont were unchanged.

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For a second consecutive month, it was South Dakota atop the growth tables, up 29,000 head from December 2020 and up 4,000 head from November 2021. Wisconsin cow numbers were up 16,000 from a year earlier, with Texas up 12,000 head.

Compared to a year earlier, cow number declines continued in New Mexico (-45,000), Washington (-18,000) and Pennsylvania (-8,000). Compared to a month earlier, New York cow numbers were down 5,000 head, with New Mexico cow numbers down 3,000.

Source: www.progressivedairy.com