Scottish beef farmers are being invited to a series of practical workshops on estimated breeding values (EBVs) in the run up to the bull sales next month.

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) are hosting a series of practical workshops – ‘Understanding Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs)’ – to help producers gain a better understanding of EBVs and how to select bull for specific purposes on the farm.

SAC beef specialist Gavin Hill said: “The workshops will allow active participation and will offer practical help to producers wanting to improve their ability to use EBVs.

“I would urge any producer thinking of buying a breeding bull, whether it is for maternal or terminal use, to contact the relevant SAC office and book a place at these workshops.”

The workshops will take place in Forfar, Newton Stewart and Pathhead on the following dates:


Wednesday 25 January 2012

• 1.30pm start (refreshments)

• The Finavon Hotel, by Forfar, Angus DD8 3QE

• To book your place, contact SAC Forfar on 01307 464 033 or email FBSForfar@sac.co.uk


Thursday 26 January 2012

• 6pm-9.30pm (supper provided)

• The Crown Hotel, Newton Stewart DG8 6JW

• To book your place, contact SAC Stranraer on 01776 702 649 or email FBSStranraer@sac.co.uk


Tuesday 31 January 2012

• 12.30pm (lunch provided)

• The Stair Arms Hotel, Pathhead EH37 5TX

• To book your place, contact SAC Edinburgh on 0131 535 3430 or email FBSEdinburgh@sac.co.uk



• Are you looking to buy a bull at the upcoming sales? Look out for a guide to buying a bull in the 3 February livestock section of Farmers Weekly and keep up-to-date with the latest news from the show and sales rings up and down the country on our Taking Stock blog