Irish calf numbers increase

Published 27 April 15

The number of dairy calves registered so far in 2015 is up by over 87,000 (11%) on the same period in 2014, according to data from ICBF and Agriland.

The Irish government’s target is to increase milk production by 50% from 2008/09 levels by 2020, equivalent to an additional 2.5 billion litres per annum.  Estimated annual production for 2014/15 is showing an increase of 13% compared to the base year, despite being restricted by quota. 

Now that quota restrictions have been removed, greater numbers of dairy calves being born and eventually included in the national milking herd is key to achieving this ambitious target.