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Farm & Country: Switch from dairy to bull beef.

FARMERS who have quit milk production and are looking for an alternative income could consider going in for bull beef production.

This is the advice being given by the Wynnstay Group, based at Llansantffraid, on the Shropshire-Powys border.

It points out a big shortage of processed beef in the UK, which has opened up a fresh marketing opportunity for bull beef. For the farmer eligible for full extensification, it reckons bull beef can be a profitable enterprise, giving net returns of more than pounds 250 per head.

And more home-produced bull beef will also help to offset the effects of foreign imports.

Wynnstay is working closely with the Institute of Rural Studies, Aberystwyth, where it is monitoring the performance of the bull beef enterprise on the University farms, where bull calves from the dairy herd are reared and finished on an intensive system at 550kg liveweight at 11 to 12 months.

The calves had access to the firm's Start and Wean Pellets from five days of age and at 12 weeks transfer onto Prime Beef Nuts.

Working closely with Wynnstay, the Welsh Meat Company has now identified a beef feeding template for bull calves from the dairy herd. This is part of a scheme specifically for Welsh branded processed beef with full traceability from birth.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 5, 2002
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