Dairy calf numbers hit eight-year low

Published 6 March 19

Female dairy calf registrations in December 2018 were down 4.5% on the previous year to 32,000 head, the lowest December total since 2011. As a result, the final quarter of 2018 saw 4.9% fewer dairy calves registered compared with the same period in 2017, down around 6,000 head.

Dairy Calf Registrations

The drop in dairy calf numbers is in line with AHDB expectations based on insemination information. AHDB publishes expected female dairy calf numbers as part of the milk forecasting pack, available here.