EBLEX Better Beef Event

The English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) Beef Better Returns Programme (Beef RRP) is to launch its main summer activity at an event in Mersyside on 21 June.

The English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) Beef Better Returns Programme (Beef RRP) is to launch its main summer activity at an event in Merseyside on 21 June.

The interactive day, which is to be hosted by North Moss Farm, will highlight the key elements of the Beef RRP, with practical workshops and presentations from industry experts.

Netta de la Cour, Beef BRP Project Manager, EBLEX, described the event as: "A chance for beef producers to visit a farm that is a good example of best practice as well as viewing one of the largest pedigree Angus herds in England. We have put together a full day of hands-on training and demonstrations including the very latest advice from the best experts in the country.

"The event is free and gives an excellent introduction to the simple and varied changes that producers can put into practice on farm to achieve better returns. It is a 'must attend' event for beef producers in the North."

Speakers at the event include Liz Genever, a beef and sheep scientist at the MLC, Phil Alcock of the Bishopton Vet Group, local butcher Rob Powell and Steve Powdrill from EBLEX.

A range of topics will be covered- such as how to chose a sire, tips on fertility, grassland optimisation and slaughter selection.

The day will also feature a hosted walk, with staff from the farm showing participants around the farm and highlighting areas of good practice.

Moss Farm is managed by Denis Rankine along with the owners John and Jane Moores and their son Kevin. The hosts will be available throughout the day to talk about the farm and husbandry systems.

The farm boasts a herd of pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle, which occupy 372 acres of poor, sandy land, making the selection process particularly rigorous.

Only cattle consistently above the average are considered for breeding and females sold from the herd to pedigree breeders are now represented in over 80 herds nationwide.

The event is free to all English levy payers. To register, call 01953 601655 or email brpevents@eblex.org.uk.

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