29 March 1996

SAC has blueprint for saving genetics

IF a slaughtering policy is introduced, in whatever form, some breeders risk forfeiting a lifetime of genetics.

To avoid such an emotional and productive loss an SAC spokesman suggests pedigree producers consider setting up a separate herd of bought-in BSE-free heifers and flushing their own genetically superior cows.

"Not all producers will be able to do this. Some, however, may have the facilities or financial ability to set up a herd of young cows on another holding and thereby protect their herds genetic progress if they are likely to be affected by a slaughtering policy," says the spokesman.