WEST Midlands beef farmers are being invited to a free "hands
on" cattle selection experience by the English Beef and
Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
And with only 12 places available, it will be a case of "first
come, first served" at the Harper Adams School of Agriculture
at Newport, Shropshire on Tuesday, February 21. Although, for
unlucky applicants, two additional days at Harper Adams are being
planned for March.
The cattle handling and selection for slaughter skills day will
include a presentation on key points to do with cattle selection
and the EUROP grid, followed by practical handling, weighing
and estimating of grades for differing groups of cattle.
The day is part of the West Midlands Better Returns Vocational
Training Scheme aimed at improving livestock farmers' skills
through a programme of 75 events over three years.
The programme is managed by EBLEX and financed by Defra, England
Rural Development Programme and the EU, along with industry contributions*.
Phil Hadley, EBLEX Industry Development Manager, said: "The
aim of this day - and of the programme - is to improve the financial
returns that livestock farmers in the West Midlands get for their
"This day will help hone their cattle selection for slaughter
skills, with a view to the needs of the market, so they can maximise
All participants will get copies of the latest EBLEX DVD and
Manuals giving practical guidance on 'Targeted Beef Selection
This series of hands-on educational events is open to all producers
from Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire,
Warwickshire and West Midlands.
For further information and to book a place call the EBLEX 'Better
Returns West Midlands' VTS on 0870 609 1840.
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