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Dairy herd in UK has continued to increase by 1.9%

Staff writer |
The total number of cattle and calves in the UK has increased by 1.3% between December 2014 and December 2015 and now stands at 9.8 million.

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This is mainly due to an increase in the breeding herd rising to 3.5 million. Despite a rise in the breeding herd of 2.6% the total number of pigs in the UK decreased by 2.0% to an estimated 4.4 million compared to December 2014. This fall is mainly due to the 2.6% decrease in fattening pigs to 3.9 million animals.

The total number of sheep and lambs in the UK increased by 1.8% during 2015 to an estimated 23.1 million animals. The overall rise in population was from the other sheep and lambs sector which increased by an estimated 5.2% to 8.5 million animals. The UK’s female breeding flock remained constant at 14.6 million animals.

The UK’s total breeding herd which accounts for over a third of all cattle has increased by 1.5% to 3.5 million.

The female breeding herd is made up of dairy and beef cows over two years old with offspring and accounts for 48% of all female cattle in 2015.

The UK’s dairy herd has continued to increase by 1.9% to just over 1.9 million and for the first time since 2011 the beef herd has also increased to 1.6 million. Whilst profitability concerns still exist in the beef breeding herd, this ends a period of time when the component parts of the UK herd have been moving in different directions.

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