12 January 1996

EBVs & beef profit

ESTIMATED breeding values relate strongly to the present UK beef market and have a significant effect on profits, said Signets Jim Stark at the Cambridge Cattle conference this week (full report next week).

With premiums available on heifers of £8 and £18 for achieving conformation class R and U, respectively, farmers must start to be involved in the performance recording, said Mr Stark. This will provide data to show the benefits of improved stock, as well as strengthen current data included within best linear unbiased prediction (BLUP) analysis.