Beef consultants benefit from industry workshops

AHDB Beef & Lamb and the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC) have developed a new initiative offering beef industry consultants and advisers insights into herd performance and the selection process for cattle slaughter. 

The Developing Beef Expertise programme’s first meeting took place earlier this month in Lancashire, and involved 16 consultants and advisers across the industry.

The event, held over two days, consisted of a trip to Rowntree Farm near Clitheroe in Lancashire, followed by a ‘Live to Dead’ day at food company Dunbia, Sawley. The event provided the chance for those involved to network with other individuals involved in beef production.

“Currently only 10% of beef producers use professional technical support in the form of consultants and advisers,” said Dr Liz Genever, senior beef and sheep scientist at AHDB Beef & Lamb.

“This figure is likely to increase as more producers look to external support to improve their business efficiency and their ability to deal with price volatility.”

“This is the first time AHDB Beef & Lamb has worked actively with a group of consultants and advisers in this way. The aim is that, equipped with the right knowledge, skill and resources, the 16 consultants and advisers will continue to help their clients improve their businesses, with an increased awareness of the work we do.”

Charlotte Johnston of Innovation for Agriculture hailed the event a success: “The workshop was a great way to learn about the work AHDB Beef & Lamb do and the resources they have available,” she said. “I have taken away valuable information from the first session which will be useful for my business and that of my clients.”

A further four workshops are scheduled to be held in 2016 covering subjects such as feed efficiency, bull selection, grass and forage, and building design, while the final workshop in December will have a focus on rationing and feeds.

The aim is to establish a similar programme for the sheep sector later in 2016.

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