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Although the dairy cow represents on average only 22 percent of all cows, they have represented an average of 47 percent of total cow slaughter over the last 20 years and 57 percent of total cow slaughter in 2015. In 2015, dairy cow slaughter accounted for approximately 1.9 billion pounds of beef.
The dairy cow herd has increased slightly in recent years and 2015 had the largest number of dairy cows, 9.3 million head, since 2009.
Dairy cow slaughter was up 3.5 percent in 2015 relative to 2014. Additionally, the dressed carcass weight was up 2.7 percent.
Source: OHIO BEEF CATTLE LETTER
A publication of the Ohio State University Extension Beef Team. Contributors include members of the OSU Beef Team and beef cattle specialists and economists from across the U.S.
over six years ago
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Bite Size Vegan: Why EGGS Are Never Humane
Erin Janus: What's Wrong With Eggs? The Truth About The Egg Industry
The Vegan Activist: The Truth About Backyard Eggs
Mic the Vegan: Why I'm Not A Vegetarian