Geneticist Dr Alison Van Eenennaam gives an insight to Gene Editing
Dr Alison Van Eenennaam, of the University of California, described how animal breeders have used a variety of methods in selective breeding programmes, to genetically improve food animal species. The concept includes the use of both genetic engineering and genome editing, although no animals produced using these methods have entered the food chain to date, she stressed. “Gene editing refers to a...
17th February 2017
Jerry Wulf & Meilir Jones focus on the use of technology in beef production
Two of the speakers on beef day at the recent British Cattle Breeders Conference were Jerry Wulf, of Wulf Cattle, a breeder based in Minnesota USA and Welsh cattle producer Meilir Jones, a former Farmers Weekly ‘Beef Farmer of the Year’ award winner. Jerry Wulf’s presentation entitled “Advanced Technology in the Beef Supply Chain.” focused on the use of technology in beef cattle production. He o...
17th February 2017
Dr Maurice Bichard stands down as BCBC President after completing six year term
The 2017 conference marked the occasion of the BCBC presidential handover, with Dr Maurice Bichard completing his six-year term and handing over to Professor Mike Coffey, of the SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College). Dr Bichard an industry stalwart and former director of the Pig Improvement Company, said: “Professor Coffey is driven and passionate about all aspects of livestock breeding, while retaini...
31st January 2017
Agricultural Technologies kicked off BCBC Conference, with CIEL, Agrimetrics and Agri-EPI
Delegates urged speakers from the new innovation centres set up to promote innovation in agriculture to maintain their focus on grassroots farming, at the beef workshop which kicked off the annual British Cattle Breeders Club (BCBC) Cattle Conference on Monday (23 January). Dr Mark Young of the Centre for Innovation in Livestock (CIEL) explained that the organisation had been set up to equip the ...
26th January 2017
Fern Pearston will present Lameness evaluations of the UK dairy industry at the British Cattle Breeders Conference
The PhD presentation on Wednesday 25th January, during dairy day, will be presented by Fern Pearston, looking at lameness evaluations for the UK dairy industry. Lameness has been recorded by Milk Recording Organisations (MRO) in the UK for a number of years, either as a feet problem event or lameness event. A pilot study carried out by a PhD student on placement with AHDB Dairy in 2016 using da...
12th January 2017
Exciting Line Up of Speakers Announced for 2017 Conference
The forthcoming British Cattle Breeders Club (BCBC) annual British Cattle Conference, will take place on January 23-25, 2017. ‘Practical Innovation – Today’s Challenges for Tomorrow’s Generation’ is the theme which has been chosen for 2017 by Conference chairman, Iain Kerr, who is also the chief executive of the British Limousin Society. The event, which is being held once again at the Telford Hot...
22nd December 2016
Welcome to the 2017 Conference Programme from Chairman, Iain Kerr
Welcome to the 2017 British Cattle Breeders’ Conference (BCBC). Since its inception some sixty eight years ago, the BCBC has become a unique event, renowned for its mix of practical, high quality speakers. With the future of cattle breeding at heart, it links a wide spectrum of farmers, scientists, students and industry influencers. BCBC is a fantastic forum to kick off the New Year, challengi...
9th November 2016
World’s First bTB-Resistant Bull Proofs Announced at British Cattle Conference
British Cattle Conference delegates were among the first to hear about the new genetic index for Holstein bulls, designed to allow producers to select bulls whose daughters have high levels of resistance to bTB. AHDB Dairy’s genetics expert, Marco Winters said the index was a world-first and the result of months of research, which had examined hundreds of thousands of cow records. The ‘TB Advanta...
22nd March 2016
British Cattle Breeders’ Club enjoys a day in the sun
The annual British Cattle Breeders’ Club Farm Walks were held in the South Lakes on a fabulous day at the end of June. The lush grassland and superb stockmanship of the Park family’s dairy unit along with the Geldard family’s beef and sheep business put the spotlight on Cumbria’s reputation for exceptional cattle farming. Both farms participate in Stewardship schemes to enhance the environment, an...
3rd August 2015
Meeting Market Demands Through Co-Operation
The annual British Cattle Conference has been declared a resounding success by delegates. Experts from all over the world gave presentations on this year’s conference theme; Meeting Market Demands Through Co-operation. Phil Hadley with Alice Willett 2015 poster competition winner The three-day event, which was held in the Midlands on 19-21 January, covered both dairy and beef production and welc...
22nd June 2015