Chance to capitalise on profits

The body that promotes Welsh meat has launched a scheme which enables farmers to increase their income by up to 4 per lamb.

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), publicised its genetic improvement scheme at the National Sheep Association (NSA) 2009 event in Betws y Coed, but warned that funds are limited

HCC project executive Dewi Hughes said: HCC has launched a programme to help pedigree breeders improve genetic performance in their flocks and herds.

It includes up to 90% grant support for about 100 farmers per year to take part in performance-recording for hill and upland breeds, with up to 50% support available for terminal breeds. There is also support for about 50 farmers a year to join an artificial insemination and embryo transfer programme.

It is expected that farmers will benefit by up to 4 per lamb in increased revenue through the use of improved genetics, which influence the growth and carcase traits of lambs entering the food chain.

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