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Cows Sent to Turkey

Friday, December 16th, 2011 -- 10:23 AM

A lot of heifers are headed to Turkey.

According to [i]Dairy Profit Weekly[/i], October dairy cattle exports totaled 7,924 head in October, the third-highest monthly total of 2011. September?s exports bring the year-to-date (Y-T-D) total to 60,554 head, compared to 37,590 head for all of 2010.

Turkey was again the leading destination for most of the heifers, followed by Russia and Mexico.

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin's agriculture department has announced its latest dairy herd count numbers, which indicates that there were 11,786 herds milking during the first week of December. That's a drop of 130 from October's figures.

Last year at this time, there were about 12,500 herds licensed by the DATCP.

[url=http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com]Wisconsin Ag Connection[/url] reports Clark County continues to hold the highest number of herds in the state with 954, which is actually slightly higher than the previous report. And the county also recently reported that its production per-cow is up by nearly 1,000 pounds--making it the top dairy producing county in the entire nation.

The department says about 85-percent of all herds in the Dairy State are registered as Grade A operations.

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