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Monday 24 July 2017

Get the latest on cattle numbers in the country

Photo: Roger Jones
Photo: Roger Jones
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

At this week's Beef Roundtable Bord Bia’s Mark Zeig gave an update on the latest situation regarding cattle numbers in the country.

The data presented by Zieg showed the number of male cattle in the 24-36 month age category up by over 38,000 head on 2016 while heifers in the same category are up over 36,000 head.

In the 12-24 month category male cattle numbers are registered as being up by over 38,000 while female numbers are up over 16,000 head.

Meanwhile, the number of male cattle under 12 months old is down by over 12,000 head on 2016 while female cattle in the same category are up some 34,000 head.

Source: Bord Bia
Source: Bord Bia

Zeig also told delegates at the Beef Roundtable that calf registrations so far in 2017 are up by 1.3pc mostly driven by an expanding dairy sector.

Cattle supplies at Irish export meat plants for the week ending July 8 reached over 32,000 head which was down on the previous week but up 5pc compared to year previous levels.

Source: Bord Bia
Source: Bord Bia

Cumulative throughputs are up 5pc or 40,000 head standing at around 869,000 head.

Largest cumulative increases were seen for cull cows which are up 11pc year on year followed by steers and heifers up by 7pc and 4pc respectively. In contrast supplies of young bulls are back 8pc compared to the same period in 2016.


Suckler cow numbers down 13,000 head compared to 2016

The number of beef cows in 2017 (year to date) has reduced by 13,406 when compared to the same date in 2016, according to new figures from the ICBF.

It says at the end of June 2016 there were 1,017,740 beef cows in the national herd while at the end of June 2017 this figure was 1,004,334.

This is a drop of 1.32pc when compared with the same period last year.

Meanwhile, in contrast with the beef cows, the ICBF datashows  the number of dairy cows in 2017 (year to date) have increased by 32,302 when compared to the same date in 2016.

This is an increase of 2.24pc when compared with the same period last year.

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