IRELAND - The number of beef births occurring on Irish farms this year has lagged considerably on 2015, figures from the ICBF show.
To the week ending 16 December, some 927,649 beef calves were born on Irish farms – a drop of 2.5 per cent or 23,669 head on the corresponding period in 2015.
This drop in beef births has occurred despite growth in Irish suckler cow numbers in 2015, with figures from the CSO showing that suckler cow numbers increased by 1.1 per cent on the year before.
Meanwhile, figures from the ICBF also show that dairy calf births have increased considerably in 2016, with numbers up by 5.2 per cent or 66,210 head on year earlier levels.
The increase in dairy births coincides with the much-heralded expansion on Irish dairy farms after the abolition of milk quotas last year.
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