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Developing a breeding plan was the theme of the beef workshop at January's conference
Based on feedback from previous conferences, the British Cattle Breeders Club committee decided to try a new format for the Monday afternoon beef workshop. We decided to go back to basics and run a more interactive style of workshop for farmers that wanted help to develop a breeding plan. The workshop was run by staff from AHDB Beef and Lamb, with some assistance from BCBC committee members. The ...
29th March 2020
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BCBC Dairy Workshop - AHDB Dairy's Breeding Blocks
At January's conference dairy delegates attended a condensed version of the AHDB Breeding Blocks workshop which had run during October and November 2019, hosted by Marco Winters and Fern Pearston from AHDB’s Animal Genetics team. The workshop began with a discussion around who is responsible for making the breeding decisions on farms and who makes up the team when these decisions are made.  The h...
17th March 2020
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Genomics, deep learning and succession were just some of the informative topics discussed on dairy day at January's conference
Werner Brand, Geneticist/Programmer from SRUC, opened Dairy Day at the BCBC Conference by explaining how deep learning can be used as a way of solving complex genetic problems. He discussed a project that is looking at predicting the pregnancy status of dairy cows using mid-infrared (MIR) spectroscopy data, routinely collected during milk recording. Werner’s colleague Dr Scott Denholm looked at t...
26th February 2020
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Thought-provoking and inspiring beef day presentations focusing on succession and sustainability
Sustainable succession was a central theme in all the presentations at the 2020 British Cattle Breeders Conference, which took place between January 20-22nd in Telford, Shropshire. The sustainability of the industry, beef and dairy production and the future plans of those working in the industry, were all topics that were discussed. As usual, question and answer sessions were lively, and the indus...
29th January 2020
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BCBC Annual Club Dinner - Q&A Panel Session, an event not to be missed!
On Tuesday 21st January, BCBC will host the annual club dinner during conference at the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort, Great Hay Drive, Sutton Heights, Telford.  The evening will commence with the Champagne Reception kindly sponsored by Dairymaster UK.  Guests will enjoy a three course meal with the Roast Beef kindly donated by Dovecote Park and Waitrose, and table wine kindly sponsored by VikingG...
12th January 2020
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