In the early part of 2015, DEFRA announced funding for a Beef Feed Efficiency Programme. Through a partnership between AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) and SRUC its aims are to:
- a) produce a range of Limousin EBVs and breeding indexes for traits associated with feed efficiency, and
- b) establish a blueprint for feed efficiency recording facilities that will enable data to be collected beyond the life of the project.
To help achieve this, over the next 3 to 4 years, the feed intake and resulting performance of a range of Limousin-sired calves will be measured and recorded. To help provide the required number of calves at the required times of year, the project partners are seeking to purchase Limousin semen for use in a cross section of dairy and cross-bred suckler herds.
If you have semen you would consider selling for this purpose, please let us know by completing the short form available through this link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rDLj2AKUafTEeBVxYLDRzjO1TjdTFa0Z_AIMzHz2SBM/viewform?c=0&w=1
For further information on the project, go to http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/research/genetic-selection/genetic-selection-beef/beef-feed-efficiency/ or contact Natalie Cormack, Project Manager on 07866 934563.