Workshops could aid farmers in run-up to bull sales

Commercial beef producers could benefit from a series of free practical workshops in the run-up to the bull sales in coming weeks.

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and SAC are holding a series of workshops for the commercial beef farmer called “Understanding Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs)”.

The three practical workshops, which are being held in Forfar, Newton Stewart and Pathhead, will help producers gain a better understanding of and develop their ability to select bulls for specific purposes on the farm. Potential buyers will also benefit from the day, as they will work with catalogues for imminent bull sales.

EBVs provide information which helps commercial beef farmers identify bulls which breed calves that maximise returns for the store producer and finisher.

The information can also assist in selecting bulls for their ability to provide good milky replacements and those that are best to go on heifers to avoid calving difficulties.

QMS Livestock development manager, Kathy Peebles, said, “We are delighted to have the expertise of SAC to deliver this information and run these workshops for us. Previous workshops were hailed a big success by all who attended, so we look forward to a lot more producers leaving these workshops with an improved understanding of performance recording and why they should use it as an essential decision-making tool when buying a breeding bull.”

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 for maternal or terminal use, to contact the relevant SAC office and book a place at these workshops.”

The EBV workshops must be booked through the relevant local SAC office.

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 464033 or email

Thursday 26 January 2012

6:00pm to 9.30pm (supper provided)

The Crown Hotel, Newton Stewart DG8 6JW

To book your place contact SAC Stranraer on 01776 702649 or email

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

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