Higher Q3 cattle registrations could drive up production in 2021

Friday, 8 November 2019

By Felicity Rusk

The latest data shows:

  • Overall, Q3 calf registrations flat on the year
  • Over 10,000 more beef calves registered in Q3 compared to last year
  • September recorded a 2% increase in registrations

During Q3 this year, GB cattle registrations totalled 608,800 head, according to the latest data from BCMS. This is only 50 head more than the same period last year. 

Cows were likely to have been in good condition when they were served. The elevated plane of feeding and the mild winter would have supported fertility. Plentiful grass growth throughout spring and summer would have also kept condition throughout the gestation period.

Interestingly, when breaking it down by month, September actually recorded a 2% increase compared to last year. This may be a sign of a shift in dairy calving systems.  However, a 2% decline in calvings in July compensated for this.

Shifting trends in dairy inseminations are likely driving some of the changes. Sexed semen now accounts for a third of dairy inseminations. Therefore, it is not surprising that the number of female dairy registrations has risen, and dairy male registrations have fallen compared to last year.

Dairy producers are also increasing choosing to put dairy cows to a beef sire. As such, registrations of beef animals have increased by 3% (10,300 head) on the year. This may lead to an uplift in beef production in early 2021.

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