How many pedigree calves were sired by Irish bulls in 2018?


How many pedigree calves were sired by foreign bulls?

How many pedigree calves were sired by Irish bulls in 2018?

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How many pedigree calves were sired by foreign bulls?

The ICBF (Irish Cattle Breeding Federation) has published a list of pedigree beef – country of origin trends from 2018.

Key points include;

  • 70% of all pedigree calves born in 2018 were sired by Irish sires;

  • Consequently, 30% of all pedigree calves, across the breeds, born in 2018, were sired by foreign sires;

  • These foreign sires originated from 10 different countries; Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, UK & USA;

  • Within the various breeds, the proportion of calves sired by foreign sires varies from 12% (Shorthorn) to 81% (Belgian Blue);

  • The proportion of pedigree calves sired by Irish bulls has increased from 58% in 2013 to 70% in 2018;

  • The UK has also retained its place as being the most popular foreign source of sires of pedigree calves (16%), just ahead of France (13%).

Data:

The following information has been obtained from the ICBF.

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