Beef Demonstration 2019

Focus on Selection and Management of Breeding Heifers in Beef Demo

The interactive beef demonstration at AgriScot will focus on selection and management of breeding heifers to maximise output and reduce calving problems.

The demonstration, supported by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), will involve digital voting pads to encourage audience participation to a series of questions regarding the breeding heifers from the SRUC Oatridge campus herd that will be shown in the ring.

The demonstration aims to raise awareness of the relationship between the management actions farmers take regarding replacement breeding heifers and how these can impact on lifetime profitability.

Gavin Hill, Senior Beef Specialist, SAC Consulting, and Stevie Rolfe, SR Cattle Services, will lead the demonstration assisted by a team of students from SRUC’s Oatridge campus.

Gavin Hill commented, “It is vital we choose the right heifers to breed from. They are the future of the herds and we must take all steps to ensure they will suit not only the farm environment, but that in turn will provide the right cattle to the marketplace.

“Change continues to occur in our cow types with many aiming to reduce the maternal weight, while focusing on traits such as milkiness, fertility and fat cover, which result in a win-win for businesses, with productive females produced for breeding,  but also animals being produced for the food chain have the carcase required to meet market specifications.  Pre-bulling checks and heifer selection can only help in this.”

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