Thursday, 18 June 2020
By Jennie Tanner
According to the latest data from the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) the GB milking herd has shrunk again. At 1 April 2020, the milking herd stood at 1.70 million head, down 2.9% (-50,700 head) from the same point last year.
The number of cows in the 2-4yrs age category was the largest contributor to the decline, down -37,300 head from the same time last year. This follows the trend seen recently as the lower number of calves born 2-4 years ago come through the herd.
There was also a decline in the number of cows aged 6-8yrs (-17,900 head). Offsetting this slightly was the number of cows aged 4-6yrs, which was up by 6,000 head compared to April 2019. Again, these figures follow herd trends of previous years.
While the number of youngstock (0-2yrs) dropped by 700 head on the year, an increase in numbers aged 0-6mths (+5,200 head), helped to slow the overall decline in youngstock numbers.
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