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Domestic beef semen sales hit a new high

A growing number of dairy producers are using beef semen on their farms, and perhaps no statistic highlights that point better than the remarkable growth in domestic beef semen sales. That trend continued in 2023, when more than 9.4 million units of beef semen were sold in the U.S.

Up 4.6% from the year before, 2023’s sales posted a new record and made it six straight years of record high sales. Less than a decade ago, in 2015, 2.5 million units had been the all-time high. The biggest leap in sales was witnessed in 2018, when sales skyrocketed 58% from the year before.

Of the 9.4 million units of beef semen sold domestically in 2023, 7.9 million units were used in dairy herds, according to numbers recently released by the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB). That was up nearly 1 million units from the year before. At the same time, beef semen sold for use in beef cattle, both domestically and in the export market, was down 1.4 million units.

Abbey Bauer

April 15, 2024



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