A Historical account of GB's Dairy Cattle Breeding Industry book 'A Bovine Thriller' by Dr Brian McGuirk
Members of BCBC may be interested to know that one of our long-standing members, Dr Brian McGuirk, has published a book entitled “A Bovine Thriller”. This 125 page book is an historical account of GB’s dairy cattle breeding industry, from the early 1940s, when the first commercial Artificial Insemination services were established in GB, to “about 1990”, the effective end of the Milk Boards, and th...
30th September 2020
British Cattle Breeders Club Conference goes Virtual!
BCBC goes virtual in 2021 – Due to the Covid-19 uncertainty BCBC have decided to go Virtual for the 2021 Conference. This one day E-Conference, on Tuesday 26th January, is an exciting change of direction and will open BCBC up to a greater national AND international audience. BCBC is renowned for delivering the leading conference for the beef and dairy industry; which provides a forum for knowledg...
3rd July 2020
Shout about the Sire update
The Shout about the Sire campaign was launched by AHDB at the 2019 British Cattle Breeders Conference, with an aim to increase the number of known sires being recorded on cattle passports. The campaign has mainly been based on social media, with support from a number of industry stakeholders, and has successfully encouraged the conversation on the importance of sire recording in the cattle industr...
6th May 2020
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
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
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
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
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