July 31, 2020

 

Registered beef calves in Wales increase 4.2% in Jan.-May, highest rate in 5 years

 

 

Beef calves registered in Wales increased 4.2% to 135,174 in January-May, compared with the same period last year, according to the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS), Farmers Weekly reported.

 

The increase was the highest growth rate registered in the last five years, during which the rates were mostly flat, as per report.

 

Meat Promotion Wales (HCC – Hybu Cig Cymru) said the rise could be due to a trend toward the production of more cross-bred calves from the dairy herd, as farmers used sexed semen to breed dairy herd replacements and switched to beef genetics for the remainder to add value, as per the report.

 

Registrations peaked in April at 41,530, a rise of 6.6%.

 

Meanwhile, Limousin remained as the most popular beef breed on Welsh farms, accounting for 40,831 animals born in January-May. It was followed by Charolais.

 

Among the beef breeds selected in the first five months, Aberdeen Angus saw the largest increase in uptake, at 11.7% compared with 2019, followed by Herefords (4.8% rise), Charolais (4.3%) and British Blues (4.1%). Limousin grew by 1.5%.