Proportionately more dairy farmers are switching to beef production in Northumberland than anywhere else in the UK, according to new figures from Genus Breeding, the world’s biggest professional artificial insemination service supplier.
Genus has collated data on the switch by farmers from dairy semen to beef semen between 2003 and 2004. In Northumberland, there has been a 13% switch to beef sires, in Cheshire 7% and in Cumbria 6.8%. Northumberland is a small dairying county, however, with only 40 million litres of quota. This compares with nearly 800 million litres of quota each for Cheshire and Cumbria.