AI Stats 2020 – Insemination breed trends in dairy cows

2020 has again seen an increase in the use of dairy AI. Dairy on dairy inseminations are up 7.9% in the first half of the year with beef on dairy inseminations also up some 2.7%.

When we look at table 1. below (trends on beef inseminations on dairy cows), we can see some noticeable changes when we dive into the individual beef breed usage on the dairy herd. One which certainly stands out is the increase in the number of Aubrac inseminations recorded. There are some 6,676 Aubrac inseminations recorded in the first half of 2020 on dairy cows, an increase of 3,657 when compared with the same period last year.

There are also noticeable increases to the number of Speckled Park (SP) and Simmental (SI) inseminations, up 47% and 15% respectively. Angus (AA) and Belgian Blue (BB) breeds have also seen increases, 4%and 7% respectively while Herefords (HE) and Salers (SA) have seen a decline in the number of inseminations recorded on dairy cows in the first half of 2020, -7% and -27% respectively.

Number of recorded Beef Inseminations recorded on Dairy Cows Jan – Jun 2019, Jan – Jun 2020.

When we look at table 2. below (trends on dairy inseminations on dairy cows), we can also see some changes in usage on the dairy herd. Firstly, one which certainly stands out is the overall increase in the number of dairy inseminations recorded, up some 7.9% year over year. There are some 480,680 Holstein (HO) inseminations recorded year to date on dairy cows, an increase of 45,236 (9%) when compared with the same period last year.

There are also noticeable percentage increases to the number of Milking Shorthorn (MS) (+18%), Norwegian Red (NR) (+8%) and MRI (MY) (+18%) inseminations. Ayrshire (AY) (-59%), Friesian (FR) (-4%), Jersey (JE) (-10%) and Monbelliarde (MO) (-8%) have seen a decline in the number of inseminations on dairy cows in the first half of 2020.

Number of recorded Dairy Inseminations recorded on Dairy Cows Jan – Jun 2019, Jan – Jun 2020.