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    Herd Notebook for Beef Producers
13/03/07

EBLEX has scored a direct hit with its new herd notebook for beef producers. The 80-page pocket size herd recording booklet has fulfilled the EBLEX Better Returns Programme’s (BRP) brief to supply producers with advice and information which is practical and adds real value.

Herd notebook – Better records for better returns
“It is the most useful booklet I have received in a long time,” says Somerset beef producer Jess Nicholls. “It literally means that I have my herd in my pocket. The notebook is packed with useful information on feeding, gestation and marketing and has pages to record everything about my cattle from purchases, bulling and calving to weight records and sales.

“I did use a blank A5 notebook with a piece of duct tape to strengthen the spine until I received this notebook from EBLEX. As soon as I tried it I ordered two more - one for my nephew who works with me so he can keep his records in order and another just as a spare for me”, said Mr Nicholls of L. F. Nicholls and Sons of Sweetnap Farm, Witham Friary, Frome.

“I am very pleased that overall EBLEX is becoming more prominent and is filling a gap in technical advice for information on beef production and marketing,” said Mr Nicholls who finishes 400 head of beef cattle a year currently going to Southern Counties and has a suckler herd.

Neil Wharton, UK Beef Director of Genus Breeding, is on the EBLEX BRP Steering Group.

“I am pleased, but not surprised, that the response to the herd notebook has been favourable,” he said. “Whether producers use it in part or in full, it is a very handy tool to keep track and manage the daily happenings in your herd.”

EBLEX has distributed 5000 free copies of the ‘Herd notebook – Better records for better returns’ to beef producers who have signed up to the Beef BRP and is currently reprinting to meet further demand. For a copy or to sign up for the Beef BRP - contact Heather Stewart on 0870 241 8829 or email brp@eblex.org.uk.

EBLEX Beef BRP is free for all English beef and dairy farmers. There are no costs, red tape or obligations attached to signing up. Those who sign up will simply receive details of BRP publications and events local to them.

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