Sarah Haire: Improving the sustainability of beef across the supply chain
A valuable insight into how sustainability can be improved across the beef supply chain is the focus of Sarah Haire’s presentation at the BCBC conference. Sarah is Head of Agriculture at Dawn Meats/Dunbia which has had sustainability at the heart of its business strategy for over 10 years. Working across the entire supply chain, Sarah’s role has involved collaborating with industry bodies such as...
21st January 2022
Seth Wareing: The impact of management and breed on the carbon footprint of beef
The UK beef industry has an opportunity to deliver quality beef with a low carbon footprint, in a sustainable, ethical, and profitable manner for all members of the supply chain believes Seth Wareing of the Stabiliser Cattle Company. He will use his platform at the BCBC Conference 2022 to explore how using the best management practices and genetics makes this possible. With over 20 years’ experie...
21st January 2022
Nigel Owens MBE: Building mental resilience for a positive farming future
“The mind is a powerful tool that can be positive and helpful, as well as negative and destructive,” says Nigel Owens MBE, beef farmer, keen advocate for mental health and the most capped referee in world rugby. At the 2022 BCBC conference Nigel will share his wisdom about building and nurturing mental resilience to allow us to grasp opportunities as they arise during this challenging, but exciti...
20th January 2022
Steve McLean: Adapting to change in order to succeed
British agriculture is facing a period of substantial change, and how the livestock industry adapts to these changes will be key to its success. Speaking at the 2022 BCBC Conference, Steve McLean will bring a retailer’s perspective to these changes and the challenges they may bring. He will look at how environmental pressure, developments to agricultural support, new international trade arrangemen...
20th January 2022
Sponsors Feature - ABP UK
At ABP, we work with thousands of farming families across the UK and understand the challenges and opportunities facing British Livestock farming in 2022. We’re proud of the partnerships we’ve built with our farmer suppliers and want to help them build sustainability businesses for the future. To that end ABP have invested significantly in research and development, working with leading academic p...
18th January 2022
Speaker: Jude L. Capper (PhD, DSc (h.s.) ARAgS): What role do genetics play in improving sustainability?
The cattle industry has made huge gains in breeding and genetics over the past 70 years, from Sir John Hammond’s revolutionary work, including pioneering studies on artificial insemination, to the genomic tools and evaluations available today. In her keynote speech to the BCBC Conference 2022, Prof Jude Capper will consider how far these gains have brought us in terms of improving sustainability, ...
17th January 2022
Dr Andy Borrowman & Kevin Tlucek: Ovum Pick Up (OPU)
Ovum Pick Up is a mature technology that can accelerate genetic progress and is now within reach of commercial dairy farms, believes Idaho vet Andy Borrowman. Ovum Pick Up (OPU) is a non-invasive technique for recovering oocytes or egg cells from the follicles of live cows. Once washed, sorted, and graded the oocytes are then In-Vitro fertilised and cultured before being frozen in individual stra...
16th January 2022
Andrew Rutter: Using genetics to deliver a cow fit for purpose.
Changes at Clayhanger Farm, near Haslington in Cheshire, have led to a dramatic improvement in the performance and efficiency of its 400 strong herd of Holsteins. Partner and herd manager Andrew Rutter joined his family business after nearly 20 years working for a genetics company. He set himself the remit of producing a cow which was more efficient and profitable, had less environmental impact an...
15th January 2022
Sponsors Feature - AHDB - Shape the future of Beef, Lamb and Dairy
Levy payers are at the heart of everything we do, so it’s only right that we give you a greater voice in how we spend your levy. In April 2022, we’ll be asking all eligible levy payers to shape our work and priorities. Your views will help guide what we deliver over the next five years. You can find a breakdown on how we currently spend your levy on our website ahdb.org.uk/beef-and-lamb-what-do-i...
15th January 2022
Sponsors Feature - ADF Milking: Stress-Free Milking for You and Your Cows. James Lywood from Battlehurst Farm talks to Karen Wonnacott about his experience with ADF Milking’s InVent
ADF Milking have recently launched their new technology, InVent, building upon the proven results of their automated dipping and flushing technology. ADF InVent now raises the bar further with the integration of intelligent teat-by-teat liner venting – in a lightweight, reliable cluster. The new ADF InVent milking cluster continuously controls vacuum levels on each teat individually - resulting in...
13th January 2022
Speaker 2022 - Desi Cicale: Advanced Carcase Grading Technology
Meat imaging expert Desi Cicale will demonstrate advanced carcase grading technology and explain the potential benefits it can bring UK producers. Desi is founder and CEO of Meat Imaging USA which brought grading technology developed by MIJ (Meat Image) Japan to the USA. She will explain the science behind imagery, how it captures carcase data and how it can benefit farmers. Desi will show the MI...
12th January 2022
Sponsors Feature - Paragon Advanced Breeding: Accelerating herd improvement using ET and IVF
A guide to advanced breeding techniques from Paragon Advanced Breeding, one of the UK’s leading bovine Embryo Transfer and IVF companies. Veterinary science is continually advancing and offers farmers the ability to improve herd genetics more rapidly. There are two highly effective techniques: Multiple ovulation embryo transfer (MOET) and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) MOET MOET has been around ...
11th January 2022
Speakers 2022 - Prof Myles Allen: Methane, Agriculture and Climate
Recently described as ‘the physicist behind net zero’ Myles Allen has been studying global climate change for 30 years. He developed the methods used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2001 to quantify the size of human influence on observed and projected changes in global temperature, work that earned him the Appleton Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics in 2010. ...
10th January 2022
Speaker 2022 - Claire Phyn: Unlocking the secrets to improving cow fertility
New Zealand senior scientist Dr Claire Phyn will outline key findings from a long-term research programme investigating novel traits to improve genetic merit for fertility to delegates at the BCBC Conference. She will be diving into the science and, in particular, looking at the potential to use earlier-in-life phenotypes, such as timing of puberty, as predictor traits to accelerate genetic impro...
10th January 2022
Sponsors Feature - AHDB - Driving profitability in the suckler herd through the use of maternal traits
AHDB’s Maternal Matters campaign, which launched in September last year, highlights the connection between maternal performance and profitability in the suckler herd. The aim of the campaign is to promote the production of heifers that are efficient, profitable and fit for the future. With the changes in agricultural payments around the corner, there has never been a more appropriate time to focu...
6th January 2022
Looking forward to January 2022's virtual BCBC conference - Message from the Chair, Dr Karen Wonnacott
In just 7 weeks time the next British Cattle Breeders Conference will be held virtually, on Tuesday 25th January 2022. Following on from the resounding success of our first ever virtual Conference, we took the difficult decision to opt for the same format again this year. With so much uncertainty still surrounding Covid-19, we felt it was the safest decision for our speakers, delegates and for the...
6th December 2021