Free workshops on Estimated Breeding Values offered to beef industry

Beef farmers are being offered the opportunity to attend free workshops focused on Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs). 

The programme has been developed by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) in conjunction with SAC Consulting, a division of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

The three workshops, taking place in January, will be led by SAC Consulting’s beef specialist team with the aim of helping producers gain a better understanding into EBVs and how to select bulls for specific purposes on the farm.

“Previous workshops have proved extremely popular and we look forward to more farmers leaving next month’s events with an improved understanding of performance recording and why they should use it as an essential decision making tool when buying a breeding bull,” said Douglas Bell, QMS head of industry development.

Producers can benefit from EBVs as they provide information as to which bulls will breed calves, maximising returns for the store producer and finisher.

“The workshops will allow active participation and so help farmers in attendance gain a better understanding and ability to use EBVs,” said Gavin Hill, SAC beef specialist.

“I would urge any farmer thinking of buying a breeding bull, whether it be for maternal or terminal use, to contact the relevant SAC office and book a place at these workshops.”

The workshops will be held in Peterhead on 12 January, Lanark on 27 January and Dumfries on 18 January.

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