Ireland: Calf registration data shows slow start to 2024

Market & Price Trends
Published Feb 4, 2024

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The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) has reported a significant decrease in calf registrations during the spring calving season in Ireland. As of February 2, 2024, calf registrations have dropped by 49,855 compared to the same period in 2023, with registrations of calves to dairy dams also down by 40,618. The decline is attributed to the impact of nitrates on dairy cow numbers and a decrease in suckler cow numbers.
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The spring calving season is now underway, with data from the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) showing that there has been 87,856 calf registrations to date. The data from ICBF is for calves registered up until February 2, 2024. Although it is still early in the calving season, there has been a somewhat significant reduction in the number of calves registered on Irish farms. Calf registration A total of 64,157 calves have been registered to dairy dams to date, which is 40,618 head behind the same period in 2023. For the same period in 2023, some 104,775 calves had been registered at this stage. Advertisement Beef births are also back on 2023 figures with 23,699 born so far this year, down from 32,936 – a drop of 9,237 head. Meaning that 49,855 less calves have been registered in 2024 compared to the same period in 2023. For the same period in 2023, a total of 137,711 calves had been registered on Irish farms. The calving season is just in the early stages, but that is a ...
Source: AgriLand
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