Written Answers. - Artificial Insemination.

99.

asked the Minister for Agriculture the total number of artificial inseminations carried out by all the cattle breeding societies for each of the years 1980 to 1985, inclusive; and the percentage breakdown of breeds used.

The information sought is as follows:

Year

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

Number of inseminations (000)

1,042

1,154

1,264

1,303

1,250

1,186

Angus percentage

7.4

7.8

7.8

7.9

8.4

8.9

Charolais percentage

9.6

8.4

7.3

6.3

6.8

7.4

Friesian percentage

47.1

46.3

42.8

45.2

39.0

37.9

Hereford percentage

25.4

27.7

32.3

31.6

35.2

32.1

Limousin percentage

1.2

1.2

1.7

1.8

2.7

4.8

Shorthorn percentage

1.7

1.6

1.6

1.5

1.3

1.2

Simmental percentage

6.9

6.4

6.0

5.3

6.1

7.2

Others percentage

0.7

0.6

0.5

0.4

0.5

0.5