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Dairy herd retirement program is second-largest ever

Staff reports

Cooperatives Working Together said it has tentatively accepted 294 bids in the third herd retirement it has conducted in the last nine months.

The 86,710 cows and 1.8 billion pounds of milk accepted in this round, combined with CWT’s previous two herd retirements, equal a total production capacity of 4.8 billion pounds of milk being removed since December 2008.

It is the second-largest herd retirement since the farmer-funded self-help program started in 2003. The previous retirement round completed in July removed a record 101,000 cows and 1.96 billion pounds of milk.

Farmers in 38 states submitted a total of 312 herd retirement bids last month to CWT. This eighth CWT herd retirement in the past six years was also the first to feature a maximum acceptable bid threshold of $5.25 per 100 pounds. It was also the quickest herd retirement following a previous round.

CWT field auditors will begin visiting the 294 farms whose bids were accepted this week, checking their milk production records, inspecting their herds, and tagging each cow for processing. All farmers will be notified no later than Aug. 31, as to whether their bid was among those accepted.