British breeds create the ideal cow for American cow – calf operation
Speaking at the 2021 British Cattle Breeders conference earlier this year, John Maddux of Maddux Cattle Co, Nebraska told delegates that using a composite of British cattle breeds created the ideal cow for his 7500 head cow-calf operation. Maddux Cattle Co. farm 2500 suckler cattle and 5000 yearlings across 45,000 acres. Their aim is to produce an animal as near to 1000lb (454kg) at 18 months of a...
6th May 2021
The British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) announces Dr Jude Capper as the winner of the prestigious Sir John Hammond Award 2021
The Society is delighted to announce that Dr Jude Capper is the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Sir John Hammond award, which was re-launched earlier this year in collaboration with the British Cattle Breeders Club (BCBC). Jude is an independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant based in Oxfordshire, UK, and her research focuses on modeling the sustainability of livestock production systems, ...
28th April 2021
A message from the new BCBC Chair, Dr Karen Wonnacott
It is a great honour and delight to have been elected Chair of the British Cattle Breeders Club for 2021 and my, what a difficult act I must follow. The past twelve months have brought about a great many challenges for everyone. I don’t think that any of us could have ever envisaged the devastating impact that a global pandemic could have had on many industries, livelihoods and families, not just ...
27th March 2021
Genetics hold the key to calving at two and boosting suckler herd profitability
“Heifers are the lifeblood of any suckler herd” says Sarah Pick, National Knowledge Exchange Manager for AHDB Beef & Lamb. Sarah completed a Nuffield Scholarship in 2019 where she travelled the globe looking at heifer replacement strategies. During her presentation at the 2021 British Cattle Breeders conference, she told delegates “The average UK suckler herd is losing £135 per cow before subsidie...
19th March 2021
The Live Q&A evening session is back for part 2, with our panellists Keith Gue, Harriet Wilson and Ruari Martin
The next generation – do you dare to dream? It’s back! The long-awaited sequel to the Q&A of the Year – the BCBC Panel will discuss, debate and answer those questions we didn’t get around to tackling in part 1 in January. Join us for part 2 and pose your questions to our panel of three young, enthusiastic industry leaders. Encouraging and supporting youngsters to embark on a career in the foo...
15th March 2021
Sponsors Feature - Dovecote Park Ltd
Established in Yorkshire in 1997, Dovecote Park are proud to supply the finest British beef, veal and venison for the retail, fine dining and food service sectors nationwide. Sourcing directly from the Dovecote Park/Waitrose producer group, the company prides itself on maintaining the highest standards of animal welfare and husbandry. We are a privately owned family business with a reputation for...
5th March 2021
Dairy genetics and livestock breeding - AHDB Dairy Sponsors Feature
The dairy cow of the 21st century is a very different animal from that of the past. Her production has substantially increased, her somatic cell count has declined, fertility has improved, foot, leg and udder conformation has seen changes for the better, and many other traits, including lameness, longevity and mastitis, are moving in the right direction. This is as much a success story for geneti...
22nd February 2021
Sponsor Feature - smaXtec
How to understand your dairy herd even better? The fact that smaXtec Boluses are able to measure the inner body temperature in the rumen was already revolutionary, but now we have succeeded in adding an additional parameter to our unique cow understanding system - rumination. As a result, the system can now do even more and enables you to understand your animals even better. The direct measuremen...
12th February 2021
BCBC are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with BSAS to re-launch the highly respected Sir John Hammond Award
The British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) have collaborated with the British Cattle Breeders Club (BCBC) to re-launch the prestigious Sir John Hammond Award, which is awarded to those who have made significant contribution through research, teaching, knowledge exchange, breeding, farming, industry, or affiliated professions. Highly selective, the Sir John Hammond Award is based solely on nomina...
5th February 2021
Sponsors Feature - ICBF
“We exist to benefit our farmers, our agri-food industry and our wider communities through genetic gain. We do this by developing and applying science and technology to ensure that our farmers and industry make the most profitable and sustainable decisions”. ICBF are a growing organisation of around 90 employees spread across 8 teams that cover everything from genetic evaluations and farmer supp...
15th January 2021