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New Calf Registration Figures Out
New figures from Quality Meat
Beef sired registrations increased year on year in the first quarter of 2008 indicating a marginal move from autumn to spring calving.
Further analysis of the data shows dairy sired calves now account for around 16% of all calves, marginally up on figures for the year before.
There are also signs of an increase in the number of calves from native breeds with Aberdeen Angus,
Although down on the year before, the continental breeds continue to make up the vast majority of the Scottish cattle herd.
Looking at the figures as a whole, the most prevalent five breeds in
Commenting on the figures QMS Chairman
“The improvement in prices that we’ve seen during the first quarter of the year will, we hope, inject some badly need optimism among beef producers. QMS has a significant role to play in helping shape a more profitable red meat industry and we are putting the final detail in place to a number of projects that we believe can help secure a better future in the long term.
“The benefits of a vibrant Scottish red meat industry go far beyond our own businesses. We are a key player in