Free advice for beef farmers

Quality Meat Scotland, in conjunction with SAC Consulting, a division of Scotland’s Rural College, is offering commercial beef farmers the opportunity to attend two free workshops on Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs).

The two workshops, being held in Ayrshire on January 28 and Thurso on January 30, are led by SAC Consulting’s beef specialist team and will help producers gain a better understanding of EBVs and how to select bulls for specific purposes on the farm.

“Potential buyers will also benefit from the day and the oppor­tunity to work with catalogue figures in preparation for the imminent bull sales.

EBVs provide information on which bulls will breed calves that will maximise returns for the store producer and finisher.

The performance information is available to allow bulls to be chosen for their ability to produce good milky replacement heifers, judge which bulls are best to be used with heifers to avoid calving difficulties and see which bulls are the best to use for beef.

Johnny Mackey, QMS Head of Industry Development, said the workshops will offer a valuable opportunity for beef farmers to get to grips with EBVs and how they can benefit their businesses.

“Previous workshops have proved extremely popular and we look forward to more farmers leaving these workshops with an improved understanding of performance recording and why they should use it.”

To book call SAC Consulting 01292 525252,