8 June 2001

Heifers running out

THERE are insufficient dairy heifers available to maintain historic replacement rates of the UK herd, warns Promar.

This is due to a 22% downturn in the use of dairy breed semen in 1999/2000 in favour of beef semen. With about 3% of the UK dairy herd wiped out by foot-and-mouth, replacement shortages to 2004-5 are a real concern, says Genus James Simpson.

Ensure enough heifers are being bred for the size of the anticipated herd in 2005, says Promar. &#42