4 December 1998

Co-ops allow progress

BEEF producers could make faster genetic progress by being part of a co-operative breeding scheme.

Speaking at the launch of the Meat and Livestock Commissions Beef Yearbook, beef scientist Duncan Sinclair said the UK beef industry could improve on its genetic progress worth £720,000 a year.

"The level of progress is with an average increase in beef value of 0.6 a year but some herds are achieving an increase in beef value of 1.5 units a year," he said.

"Breeding co-operatives with a more formal breeding structure, allow faster progress to be made." &#42