16 June 1995

Spotlight to shine

on good breeding

Smithfield FarmTech promises to provide farmers with a valuable insight into the new technology needed to increase profitability in the 90s. It will also allow farmers to judge the best of British prime stock and study new breeding programmes to meet changing market needs. The show opens on Sun, Nov 26, and runs until Tue, Nov 28

BREEDING quality livestock will be a major feature at Smithfield FarmTech. Of special interest will be the latest beef cattle and sheep breeding programmes based on scientific on-farm and group evaluation.

The Meat and Livestock Commission will be working closely with the Royal Smithfield Club, to help farmers boost profitability by providing the latest information on how they can provide meat for todays discerning markets.

On display will be breeding and slaughter progeny for four beef programmes and sheep from four sire reference schemes. Detailed discussion about them will also take place in the farmer forum sessions which will run throughout the show.

The beef demonstration will include the MLCs beef programmes. Macphie of Glenbervie will demonstrate the pathway to high quality beef with the aid of the Rowett Institute.

The White Rose Group will demonstrate Limousin cattle, while Associated South Devon Improvement Group will feature the role which can be played by the South Devon breed. The GLB Charolais performance recording scheme, based on the experience of three Yorkshire breeders, will demonstrate the potential and profitability of Charolais cattle and other breeders, along with Macphie, will focus on the part which can be played by the Aberdeen-Angus.

The importance of sheep breeding programmes will be underlined by four organisations at Smithfield FarmTech. Those include Elite Texel Sires; SSRS representing the Suffolk and Charollais Sires. Meanwhile, for upland farmers Welsh breeding programmes will concentrate on the Welsh Mountain and other breeds suited to upland conditions.

Major sponsors

&#8226 Primestock competitions

Bibby Agriculture

&#8226 Sheep Lines

Dalgety Agriculture

&#8226 Farmer Forums

Dalgety Agriculture


NatWest Bank

Farmplan Computer Systems


&#8226 Demonstrations

MSD Agvet