2017-05-02   facebooktwitterrss

Open Day to Focus on Future of UK Beef Production

New opportunities for UK beef producers will be highlighted at a Beef Improvement Group open day at JSR Wold Farm’s feed evaluation unit in East Yorkshire on 24th May 2017.

The event marks the conclusion of a successful five-year research programme to develop the first Net Feed Efficiency Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) and will afford visitors the opportunity to hear about the project’s next steps followed by a tour of the Givendale Stabiliser suckler herd.

Visitors to the BIG open day on 24th May will have the opportunity of a tour of the Givendale herd of Stabiliser cattle

Visitors to the BIG open day will have the opportunity of a tour of the Givendale herd of Stabiliser cattle

The project to develop the first Net Feed Efficiency EBV has been funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, as part of a drive to improve sustainable protein production. It has been managed by the Beef Improvement Group (BIG) with support from JSR Farms, Alltech/Keenan and SAC Consulting, with all partners scheduled to be present at the open day.

The new genetic indicator will apply to the UK’s fastest growing cattle breed, the Stabiliser, and will allow beef producers to adopt new breeding strategies to reduce feed costs whilst also improving their environmental credentials through lower greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition to presentations from project partners, the open day will provide an opportunity to hear the experiences of other Stabiliser breeders, through a formal presentation as well as through informal discussions over lunch or during the afternoon tour.

Open Day Programme

10.30am   Arrival and coffee

11.00am   Introduction; Tim Rymer, CEO, JSR Farms Ltd

11.05am   Why Net Feed Efficiency?; Richard Fuller, BIG Director

11.20am   Getting the ration right; Denis Dreux, Alltech

11.35am   The research phase; Jimmy Hyslop, SAC Consulting

12.05pm   Finishing Stabiliser cattle; Doug Dear, beef finisher

12.20pm   Stabiliser breed update; Duncan Pullar, BIG Technical Development Manager

12.50pm   Summary; David Alvis, CEO Yorkshire Dairy Goats

13.00pm   Lunch

14.00pm   Farm tour

16.00pm   Tea and close


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