GB dairy herd helps produce more beef animals

Published 20 December 16

Following the article looking at the amount of beef calves born to dairy dams, this article looks at what beef breeds have seen the largest increase in popularity among dairy producers. During the first six months of 2016, beef calves born to dairy dams increased by almost 23k head, up 9% on the same period last year.

GB dairy herd helps produce more beef animals

Registrations of British Blues saw the largest increase, while there were also increases in registrations of native breeds such as Aberdeen Angus and Hereford calves. Beef shorthorn registrations saw a small increase, albeit from a low base. With the development of shorthorn beef schemes, there may be potential for this breed to increase in popularity among dairy producers in the future.