29 October 1999

HUKI members up

HOLSTEIN UK & Ireland has increased membership and registrations, and reports considerable cost savings since its formation last year through the merger of the two previous black-and-white breed societies.

Despite difficult times in the dairy industry, HUKI membership remains slightly above the previous combined total of the Holstein Friesian and British Holstein societies, standing at 13,525, said chairman, Michael Armstrong.

"HUKI members intend to remain in milk production for the long term and take the view that pedigree cattle continue to command a financial premium," he told the organisations first AGM.

Registrations have also risen to just over 260,000 a year. The launch of phone registration earlier this year means the process takes less time, permitting cost savings, he said. More than 2000 members have so far switched to telephone registration, with a small number using the internet to register calves.

Early retirements and redundancies have contributed towards savings of about £400,000 for the organisation since HFS and BHS merged. &#42