2019 NAAB Annual Regular Member Unit Sales

April 14, 2020

2019 NAAB Regular Members Report Record Year for Unit Sales

The National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) members report annual units for the categories of domestic sales, export sales, custom collection, imported units for dairy and beef breeds.  With 95% of the US AI industry represented by NAAB members, these annual statistics provide an accurate insight of the sales of US bovine semen.

There were two significant changes in 2019 that had an impact on these sales statistics.  First, a bylaw change approved in the fall of 2018 expanded the criteria for NAAB Regular Membership.  New members were accepted in 2019 and they are included in the 2019 statistics.  Along with the new membership criteria, NAAB modified the quarterly reporting forms. Semen produced at Custom Collection Centers for Regular Members is reported by the Member that sells the units. This is a transition year and therefore, the statistics between 2019 and 2018 will not be exactly comparable but the totals will better reflect the industry.  The statistics in 2020 will be directly compared to 2019.

Given the challenges to the US dairy industry, the US bovine semen industry had another record year as it achieved just over 61 million total units reported for all categories combined.  This exceeded the previous record amount established in 2018 by 315,669 units representing an overall annual increase of .52%.   The total number of dairy units decreased by 4.65% settling in at 46.8 million units while beef units established a new record reaching 14.3 million units.  Beef as a percentage of total units increased from 19.2% in 2018 to 23.4% in 2019 and the increase in beef units in 2019 exceeded the decline in dairy units confirming the increased sales of beef semen in both beef and dairy breeding programs.  Dairy and beef exports along with domestic beef units made significant contributions to the new record.

The domestic dairy units reported for the US declined by 10.83% or 2.3 million units with a market size of 19.5 million dairy units.  This is on top of a 1.3 million unit decline in 2018.  However, domestic beef units sold in the US increased by 1.8 million units representing an increase of 44.4%.  As noted above, the custom collected units produced reflect units produced for non-NAAB Regular Members and is not indicative of the total amount of custom collected semen. 

The international demand for US genetics continues to expand. New records were set for both dairy and beef exported units.  Just over 25.5 million units of dairy semen were exported representing an increase of 1 million units for a 4% increase over 2018.   Additionally, beef semen exports reached 5.3 million units for a 34.1% increase.  The top three export markets for total units in 2019 remain unchanged with Brazil, China and Mexico.

NAAB strives to provide accurate statistics that are relevant to the industry and will be collecting additional information on semen products used by beef and dairy producers starting in the first quarter of 2020.  These statistics will be shared when comparable data is available.  Changes in management and reproductive practices have resulted in changes to the product mix used in dairy and beef operations around the world.   NAAB members value their relationship with domestic and international producers and strive to utilize sound science and technology to deliver top quality products for global breeding programs.   

April 14, 2020