For the eleventh consecutive year, BCMS figures have confirmed British
Limousin as the leading beef breed sire in Britain as well as the
largest numerical cattle breed – beef or dairy. The recently
released figures show that 687,382 Limousin sired cattle were issued
with passports in 2006. This represents a massive 35% of available
market share, a figure that is exactly in line with the previous
Limousin sired birth registrations account
for 35% of available market share.
Since the establishment of the British Cattle Movement Service eleven
years ago, to record all British Cattle births and movements, 7,319,623
Limousin sired birth registrations have been recorded. The 2006 figures
also re-affirm that Limousin is the UK’s dominant cattle breed,
beef or dairy. In the dairy herd Holstein Friesian or Holstein Friesian
crosses amounted to 579,617 registrations.
The Charolais is the second largest beef breed with 332,098 passports
in the year representing 17% of market share. Aberdeen Angus remained
the most popular native breed with 222,290 registered births representing
16% market share. The numerical advantage of the Limousin breed is
highlighted by the fact that the combined total of the second and
third breeds, Charolais and Angus, is a collective 554,388 passports,
some 132,994 behind the Limousin figure and a gap which has increased
by more than 14,000 on the year.
The Limousin breed’s ongoing commercial popularity is also
reflected at pedigree level where registrations of both bull and
heifer calves came in at just under 19,584 in 2006, another breed
record figure and up over 1,500 on the year.
Commenting, Iain Kerr, Chief Executive of the British Limousin Cattle
Society, said: “These are excellent figures that confirm the
ongoing demand for Limousin cattle. The Limousin breed continues
to drive the UK market by providing commercial producers with easy
care, added value cattle. In markets around the UK, whether it is
in the prime, store or breeding ring, the all-round performance,
flexibility and predictability of Limousin cattle is providing a
marked and demonstrable premium.”
By applying a conservative animal average of £600, the overall
industry value of commercial Limousin sired cattle is in excess of £400
million per year. A geographical breakdown of the 2006 BCMS figures
show a clear numerical lead for the Limousin breed in each of the
home countries: 35% of all registrations in Scotland (178,232), 33%
in England (389,440) and 43% in Wales (119,710).
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