BCBC Virtual Conference - Tuesday 26th January 2021

Presentations from January's BCBC Virtual Conference are available to view.  Register here to view

Our breeding goals - Learn from the past to focus on the futurewas the theme for the 2021 BCBC Virtual Conference in January, as chosen by the BCBC Chairman Clive Brown

Little did we know that 2020 would be like no other year and that we as a club would have to embrace both change and technology, and as such the BCBC committee made the decision to organise a ‘Virtual’ conference for 2021.  Excited by the new opportunities that a virtual conference provided we have been able to invite speakers from around the world, and bring their knowledge to a wider audience. 

Our January conference featured a fantastic mix of speakers from home and abroad, here our just a few of our keynote speakers who joined us...

We visited a warmer climate and heard from three farmer speakers 'down under' with Jonathan Wright on feed efficiency testing, Steve Binnie's Wagyu beef business and the findings of Rebecca Burnham's Australian Nuffield Scholarship on optimising beef selection. 

Professor Frank Mitloehner from the University of California gave a fantastic presentation explaining how by Rethinking Methane we can show how animal agriculture is on the path to climate neutrality and Dr Alison Van Eenennaam, also from the University of California, gave an informative update on genome editing approaches to augment cattle breeding programs. 

Professor Albert De Vries from the University of Florida explained his findings as to why extending the average number of lactations to five is worthwhile, and Ryan Starkenburg of ABS Global looked at building on past foundations to assist us in creating the profitable cow of the future.

Closer to home we looked at the future trends and demands of the market place and the impact Covid-19 has had on these with AHDB's Steven Evans and Susie Stannard.  Peter and Johnny Alvis of Lye Cross Farm, gave an insight into how understanding your customers needs is key to a successful operation and Peter Hynes focused on maximising genetic gain within his dairy herd in Co.Cork.

The online event was an outstanding success, and grateful thanks must go to all of our sponsors:  AHDB Beef & Lamb, ADF Milking, AHDB Dairy, Hereford Cattle Society, Dovecote Park, smaXtec, ABP, ICBF, AB Europe, Caisley Eartags, Crediton Milling Company, Eurofins Genomics, ForFarmers, Holstein UK, Lely, Neogen Europe, Viking Genetics & Wagyu Breeders Association.

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