The number of cows in the dairy herd in NI increased by another 2% over the 12 months to June 2016 to reach an all-time high of 317,100 head, according to figures from the June agricultural census released last week by DAERA.

Suckler cow numbers also increased, up to 269,700 head, a rise of 4% on last year’s levels, although numbers could be set to stabilise, with replacement in-calf suckler heifers down by 1,000 head to 30,700