Stabiliser Agrees Semen Partnership with Cogent
Greater availability of Stabiliser cattle genetics through artificial insemination is the logical next step in the establishment of a low cost, sustainable beef suckler industry in the UK.
So says Richard Fuller, technical director of the Beef Improvement Group (BIG), who has announced a long term agreement with Cogent Breeding to market Stabiliser semen exclusively in the UK and other specified countries.
The Stabiliser has been introduced to the UK over the past 15 years by BIG to provide the option of a more efficient suckler cow type, capable of thriving on low cost forage-based systems whilst producing high eating-quality beef. To date, the breed has been expanding in this country through a network of recorded nucleus breeders working within a multiplier agreement, and with breeders who are grading up to pure Stabiliser status from their existing cow base. This move to actively market semen in collaboration with Cogent is therefore a significant landmark.
“This agreement with Cogent Breeding builds on BIG’s original ambitions to establish and expand a low cost, high value suckler system to improve the competitiveness of beef producers facing higher costs and reduced subsidy support,” says Richard Fuller.
“Having established a highly efficient production base with the Stabiliser, greater availability to the wider industry of some of the top genetics is the next logical step. This marketing partnership with Cogent Breeding will give us that opportunity and we are delighted to be working in this capacity with such a leading company.”
The Stabiliser is a composite breed comprising ⅝ British breeds and ⅜ Continental breeds, combining strong maternal traits and performance efficiency to offer quality dam line breeding stock.
“We are delighted to have forged this partnership with BIG to market Stabiliser genetics,” says Gareth Scott, beef sales manager with Cogent Breeding. “This will create very important opportunities for commercial beef suckler herds in particular. The Stabiliser is geared towards sustainable beef production and the approach taken by BIG to establish proven genetics through robust performance recording systems is very consistent with Cogent’s own long term strategy in cattle genetics.”
Three Stabiliser bulls – Weighton Wold Merlin, Givendale Louie and Crugeran Llewelyn - will be available initially from Cogent at prices described as ‘comparable with premium genetics from other beef breeds’.