The latest data published by the ICBF (Irish Cattle Breeding Federation) shows that the total pedigree registration trends have increased across breeds.
38,505 pedigree calves were born in Ireland in 2017, in comparison to 37,533 in 2016 and 37,283 pedigree calves in 2015, according to figures released by the ICBF.
The data from the ICBF also shows that 36,233 pedigree calves were born in 2012; 33,950 in 2013 and 35,057 - displaying an increase as the years have progressed.
A detailed break-down in terms of registrations trends from 2012-2017 in Ireland was released for twelve beef breeds by the ICBF and it shows that Angus was the most registered breed last year.
In 2017, 9,706 pedigree Angus calves; 9,294 pedigree Limousin calves; 8,048 pedigree Charolais calves; 5,000 pedigree Hereford calves and 2528 pedigree Simmental calves were born.
828 pedigree Salers calves; 770 pedigree Aubrac calves; 346 pedigree Blonde calves; 299 pedigree Parthenaise calves; 223 pedigree Belgian Blue calves and 113 pedigree Piedmontese calves were born in 2017.
The number of pedigree calves across all breeds experienced an increase in 2017, with the exception of Charolais; Salers; Parthenaise; Belgian Blue and Piedmontese which displayed a slight decrease, while the Hereford breed witnessed 496 more pedigree registrations in 2017 than 2016 - representing the largest increase.
Pedigree Registration Trends - Number of Pedigree calves born