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Beef association launches series of regional open meetings

February 2, 2017 by  
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The National Beef Association has launched a series of free regional meetings open to anyone with an interest in the beef industry.

The NBA Midlands Open Meeting will be held at 6.30pm on 8 February at Church Lawford village hall, Warwickshire. Speaker Steven Sandison, from Orkney, will https://www.viagrasansordonnancefr.com/viagra-prix/ speak on the topic of “Are suckler herd targets accurate and achievable?”

A Nuffield Scholar and first-generation beef farmer, Mr Sandison manages a herd of 100 Simmental and Saler cross cattle which he has set up from scratch alongside his wife, Lorraine.  The pair bought their first unit in 2006, extended this when they purchased another farm in 2009.

Steven classes benchmarking as a hobby and was driven to investigate the feasibility and achievability of suckler herd targets, and whether profit before subsidies was possible, following his selection as a focus farm when he was informed his figures could be improved.

Mr Sandison said: “What is a realistic number of calves to wean from 100 cows exposed to the bull over a nine week period?  Farmers are commonly told they need to be achieving 92%, however with all the services and information on offer, only 82% of cows are actually weaning a calf.

“The question is: is 92% realistic and what do the best farmers have in common?  These were the two main questions I set out to answer through my Nuffield Scholarship and I am looking forward to discussing these further with all those who attend the event.”

NBA development manager Rosie McGowan said: “This is a fascinating and relevant topic within the beef industry, especially with the uncertainty surrounding CAP payments post-Brexit emphasising the need for profitability before subsidies.

“Steven is extremely passionate about suckler cattle and possesses a lifetime of practical, hands on knowledge and experience of the industry.  He is keen to share his message with other beef producers in the UK.”

Refreshments will be available at the event from 6:30pm. For details, call Rosie McGowan on 01434 601005 or email rosie@nationalbeefassociation.com.

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