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Beef Feed Efficiency Programme completes data collection for first batch of cattle

The Defra and AHDB-funded  Beef Feed Efficiency Programme  aims to develop standard recording approaches and create a network of industry embedded recording units. The programme is also developing an Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) for Feed Efficiency to aid genetic selection within the Limousin breed, with the aim of extending this to other cattle breeds in future. Dr Huw...
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AHDB Call for proposals: Improving beef youngstock health

Calf health is fundamental to optimising beef cattle performance, welfare and efficiency, through both short and longer term impacts. AHDB Beef & Lamb is therefore seeking proposals for research and development work to address these challenges. Youngstock from the dairy herd is the focus of this call but work relating to suckled calves will also be considered. Deadline: no later...
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AHDB recruiting commercial cattle units to help beef up cattle genetic selection

AHDB Beef & Lamb is seeking to recruit commercial beef units to take part in a landmark project to drive forward the genetic selection of beef cattle for feed use efficiency. The closing date for receipt of applications is 18 September 2015. The £1.75 million national programme, which runs over four years, will implement a sustainable system for measuring feed efficiency in...
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AHDB announces call for Beef and Lamb PhD studentship projects starting in October 2016

AHDB Beef and Lamb, the organisation for beef and lamb levy payers in England, has announced a call for Beef and Lamb PhD studentship projects starting in October 2016.   Specific terms relating to the call and all relevant documentation for submitting proposals can be found on the Beef and Lamb, and AHDB websites at: ...
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€300 Million Beef Data and Genomics Programme launches in Ireland

Ireland's Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD has launched the eagerly awaited Beef Data and Genomics Programme under Ireland’s 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme.  The programme will inject up to €52m per annum into the suckler beef sector to deliver accelerated genetic improvement in the National herd and improve its environmental and economic...
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KTN scoping study leads to major investment in beef efficiency selective breeding project

The KTN is pleased to report that scoping work led by our agri-food team has led to the establishment of a £1.75m selective breeding project to improve both the sustainability and competitiveness of the UK beef industry. Back in 2012 the KTN led a Defra commissioned scoping study to identify options for large scale and – importantly - industry supported recording of feed...
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1,000 Bull Genomes Project publishes phase one results

An international team of researchers has published the results of whole-genome sequences from 234 cattle. The 1,000 Bull Genomes Project has looked at four breeds so far (Angus, Holstein, Fleckvieh, and Jersey) and found more than 28 million gene variants. They hope to use the information gathered to develop breeding programmes to improve the efficiency of beef and milk production. ...
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Call for tenders: Improving Stable Isotope Ratio Analysis data for Scotch beef

The Food Standards Agency is issuing a research call for a beef-analysis project aimed at improving the geographical indexing of beef by extending the existing isotopic landscape map for the UK. The aim of the project, which will extend the data gathered from the British Beef Origin Project from 2007 to 2010, will be to provide a more complete map of isotopic markers from across...
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Irish Government makes substantial investment in beef genomics

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Ireland, Simon Coveney TD, has announced support measures for the beef sector that will result in payments of €40 million to suckler farmers in 2014. Minister Coveney said “I am delighted that we are in a position to fund these measures, which together will result in investment of €40m in our beef sector next year.  The...
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Signet publishes booklet on ultrasound scanning to improve meat quality in beef cattle

Signet Breeding Services, which is part of EBLEX, has published a booklet called "Ultrasound Scanning Beef Cattle" to encourage beef farmers to use this technology to identify superior animals for use in breeding. Ultrasound can help producers better assess the carcase quality of their cattle by measuring muscle and fat depth in the live animal. Shane Conway, Signet breeding...
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