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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Angus and Limousin remain most popular beef sires in NI

Aberdeen Angus remains the most popular beef sire in Northern Ireland.

That is according to data from the APHIS, which confirms that 29% of calves sired by beef breeds between January-April 2022 were Angus-bred. This is running slightly above last year’s levels of 28.4%.

Meanwhile, Limousin remains the second most popular beef sire, accounting for 22.5% of births from January-April 2022, which is down from 23% the previous year.

Furthermore, Charolais is the next most popular breed at 18.9%, compared to 19.7% of beef-sired calf registrations in 2021.

Meanwhile, Belgian Blue beef-sired calf registrations stood at 8.0%, which is up 6.7% or 690 head from 2021 levels, when the breed accounted for 7.4% of calf registrations.

The proportion of Hereford beef-sired calves registered has fallen from 8% in 2021 to 7.6% in 2022, down some 750 head.

Lastly, Simmental sired-calf registrations decreased marginally by 176 head, or 2.2% from the same period last year.

In brief, the six most popular beef breeds during January to April 2012 and 2022 were (alphabetical order):

  • Angus;
  • Belgian Blue;
  • Charolais;
  • Hereford;
  • Limousin;
  • Simmental.
Calf registrations in Northern Ireland

Meanwhile, according to the LMC (Livestock and Meat Commission), from January to April 2022, farmers registered a total of 191,823 calves on Northern Irish farms.

This is a decline of 4,078 head or 2.1% from 2021 levels when 195,901 calves were registered during the same period.

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