Shrinking dairy herd, but more youngstock

Published 1 June 16

According to data from BCMS, the GB dairy female population (2 years+) declined in the first quarter of this year. This coincided with an increase in deaths of dairy females across all age groups. Overall, there are now almost 20k less (1%) dairy females aged 2 years or older compared to the first quarter in 2015.

However, dairy females aged 0-2 years have increased. While deaths of these animals during the first quarter of 2016 show a relatively small increase of 900 head, the overall population of 0-2 year olds has increased. The increase in youngstock could have a significant influence on the size of the GB dairy herd over the next 12 months. Next week, we will look at how the herd structure has changed in recent times, compared to historical patterns.

Shrinking dairy herd, but more youngstock