80,000 extra calves in 2012
MORE than 80,000 extra cows have calved during the first eight weeks of 2012, according to the latest data published by ICBF.
The figures, compiled from the Department of Agriculture's AIM system, show that dairy cows account for the vast majority of the increase, with over 50,000 extra calves as of last week. More cows and abundant grass means a multi-million euro milk superlevy looms. Padraig French, Teagasc's head of dairy research, pointed out that 200kg/ha of grass dry matter was grown at the Greenfields trial farm in Clara, Co Kilkenny this winter.
See page two for more on the national milk supply picture