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Stackyard News Jul 07

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Twyford Simmentals are ‘Most Improved’ Herd

The Twyford herd of Simmental cattle owned by Tony and Phillida Hurn of Calthorpe, Norfolk, has been recognised by EBLEX (English Beef and Lamb Executive) and Farmers Guardian as the Most Improved Herd of Simmentals 2006/07.

The award is presented by the EBLEX Beef Better Returns Programme (Beef BRP) to the recorded herd* that shows the most impressive improvement to its genetic merit over a 12 month period. There is a separate award for each of eight UK breeds. Tony and Phillida Hurn recently hosted a Beef BRP Better Breeding event highlighting the best practice in use on farm and in the herd.

Phillida Hurn said: “I am delighted to have won this award which shows that investing in a better bull has really done the trick for our herd.

“Using EBVs as part of the mix when choosing a bull has resulted in some great stock and excellent weight gains in our suckler herd as well. It would be even better if more breeders were recording to make sure we get the most accurate data possible.”

The award was presented at the Royal Show in July by EBLEX Beef BRP Project Manager, Netta de la Cour, who said: “Using EBVs in a commercial herd can improve returns by around £30 per calf. Through this award we hope to highlight not only the excellent progress made by breeders but also the opportunities available to beef producers.”

Fiona Sloan, Breed Development and Promotions manager of the British Simmental Cattle Society said: “I am delighted that the Twyford Herd has won this award. Having visited the herd recently, I was impressed by the quality of the stock and the development programme instigated by the family in conjunction with the use of EBVs.

“I wish them continued success and look forward to visiting the herd as part of our World Congress tour next year.”

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