Welsh calf registrations were up more than 10% in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2011.
The total number of calf registrations increased by 11% or 9,000 head, bringing the total to 90,000 head, with nearly 60% of these registered as beef animals.
“The overall increase was driven by higher numbers of registrations across all categories of cattle, including an 8% increase in female beef cattle registrations,” said industry information officer John Richards at Hybu Cig Cymru (Meat Promotion Wales).
“This suggests there may be some growth in the beef breeding herd if additional numbers of heifers are retained.
“Male beef registrations rose by 10%, indicating there will be increased availability in the medium term from Welsh holdings. Dairy-bred female registrations were up 7% during the period, while dairy-bred male calves were up 25% on the same quarter in 2011,” said Mr Richards.
This had had little effect on Welsh liveweight cattle prices, which remain firm, said HCC. The latest all-prime average for the week ending 7 July was 192p/kg, which is 0.36p/kg more than the previous week.