Higher production for Welsh beef forecast in 2016

New figures show higher calf registrations in Wales in 2014, pointing to higher beef production next year.

The British Cattle Movement Survey (BCMS) showed a 2% increase in beef calf registrations in Wales compared to the previous year.

Charlotte Morris, industry information officer with Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), said: “This means we are likely to see an increase in Welsh beef production during 2016, when these animals reach the abattoir.”

HCC explained that this brought the total to 227,700 head with Limousin and Limousin cross being the most registered breed making up 36% of the total number of calf registrations, followed by Charolais and Charolais cross at 19%.

The overall UK number of beef-sired calf registrations in 2014 increased by 2% to stand at 1.73 million.

Morris added: “The BCMS statistics also revealed that much of the growth in calf registrations occurred during the second half of 2014, increasing by 5% in comparison with the same period the previous year. This indicates that some farmers may be moving towards summer/autumn calving, due to better weather conditions.

“The increase in beef calf registrations in Wales, in line with the trend in the rest of the UK, could be linked to the increase in the Welsh dairy herd in 2014, resulting in a higher number of dairy cows giving birth to beef-sired calves.”

Welsh beef supply is expected to be tight for the remainder of 2015, due to a 7% reduction in Welsh beef calf registrations in 2013 compared with the previous year. This could lead to positive farm-gate prices this year.

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