Bookings being taken for British Cattle Conference 2016

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Bookings are now being taken for the annual British Cattle Breeders’ Club conference, which is being held on Monday 18, Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 January 2016 at the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort in Telford, Shropshire. The theme of next year’s event is ‘The Business of Breeding; a Conflicting or Complementary Route?’

The full programme of events will begin at 3.30pm on Monday, 18 January, with a workshop to present the AHDB Beef and Lamb Review of Genetic Improvement in the UK beef industry. Tuesday, 19 January will focus on beef production, although an alternative programme, with dairy-based speakers, will run during the afternoon session.

Beef industry-based topics include the use of DNA technology to enhance cattle quality in Ireland and AHDB Beef and Lamb head of research and development, Kim Matthews, covering the latest advice on how to improve carcase and eating quality through breeding and management. A beef producer from Northern Ireland will explain how he drives herd profitability through maternal composite genetics.

Wednesday, 20 January will cover the dairy industry, with a Gloucestershire milk producer describing how he makes use of UK breeding indices. Among the other presentations is an update on the latest advances in cattle breeding technology, given by David Black, a leading specialist veterinary surgeon.

Both full days of the conference will finish with a discussion panel: breeding for bTB resistance on the Tuesday and presentations from a successful farmer, an agricultural college principal and a Dutch geneticist on the Wednesday. Professor John Wibberley will be the speaker at the main conference dinner on Tuesday.

If you wish to book a place at the 2016 British Cattle Conference, please contact: Heidi Bradbury heidi.bradbury@cattlebreeders.org.uk or phone her on 07966 032079.