26,000 more dairy cows accepted in herd retirement program
November 4, 2009
Cooperatives Working Together has tentatively accepted 154 bids in the fourth dairy herd retirement it has conducted in the last 12 months.
The 26,412 cows and 517 million pounds of milk accepted in this round, combined with CWT’s three previous herd retirements since December 2008, equal a total reduction of milk production capacity of 5 billion pounds.
Starting this week, CWT field auditors will begin visiting the 154 farms whose bids were accepted, checking their milk production records, inspecting their herds, and tagging each cow for processing. All farmers will be notified no later than Nov. 16, as to whether their bid was among those accepted.