Demand for sexed dairy semen has soared according to a recent AHDB survey of breeding companies that revealed such sales made up more than 70% of all dairy semen sales.
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Sales of dairy sexed semen from breeding companies have soared in recent years according to an AHDB report

According the report demand for sexed semen had risen by 7% in the 12months to March 2022.

Sales were highest for Holsteins, where sexed semen made up 76% of all dairy purchases, followed by Jerseys at 71% and averaged 50% for other breeds.

Marco Winters, AHDB head of animal genetics, said the figures reflected the higher confidence farmers had when choosing sexed semen.

“Sales have risen almost five fold since 2017 when they made up just 17.9% of the total and I can only see this trend continuing.”

Sexed dairy semen extended its dominance as the preferred choice for breeding on dairy farms

The survey also showed beef semen sales to the dairy herd had risen to 48% – up from 45.3% of total sales in 2021.

“We’re seeing a similar knock-on effect on sales of beef semen, as fewer replacements are needed so more cows are being served for beef,” Mr Winters added.

“Sexed semen is a great option for farmers looking to breed replacements from their best females and lift overall herd performance and profitability.”

Fonterra says the outlook for dairy is positive, and the co-operative has released an upbeat forecast for its full-year profit.

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