Our Mission Statement
The Club aims to improve the breeding of livestock by promoting knowledge.
- By collecting, collating and distributing available information and data of practical and scientific interest.
- By promoting the exchange of all such information and data amongst breeders of cattle at home and overseas.
A Brief History
The British Cattle Breeders Club was founded by the late Sir John Hammond in 1946. Its aim then, as now, was to provide a forum for exchange between scientists and breeders of beef and dairy cattle.
Over the years this has developed into the annual British Cattle Breeders Conference, now re-titled the British Cattle Conference. Each year papers are given by leading scientists, breeders, industry specialists and veterinarians. With the current cutbacks in research spending the conferences become even more important as a forum for the discussion and presentation of new and developing ideas. On many occasions such new ideas in agriculture have been discussed here first (originally in Cambridge and now Telford) long before becoming common knowledge and many technological advances have been launched at the Conference.
In its more recent history the conference has become a truly international occasion, providing delegates with a unique opportunity of meeting other breeders and scientists, from the UK and overseas, in a warm and friendly environment. With the conference filling the hotel there are many opportunities for discussion in both formal and informal circumstances. Non-members are always welcome too.
A proceedings, called the Digest, is published after every conference and back-copies are available too. The Digest is free to delegates and to members and is also available to purchase.