Calf registrations increase in first quarter of 2015

Published 12 May 15

GB calf registrations for the first three months of 2015 have reached levels not seen since 2004. In total, calvings between January and March increased 6% from last year to approximately 360,000. Most of the increase occurred in February which saw 14% more registrations to reach over 130,000. Much of this is likely due to a larger herd, boosted by a 23% increase in imports in the first half of 2014. The higher calving numbers will lift milk production during the spring, although tight farm margins are likely to offset some of this, especially if farmers look to increase their culling rate.

Calvings graph 12.05.15