Breeding

19 November 2018

Five new Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) for traits that farmers are directly paid for have been developed to help farmers improve profits by producing more beef animals that meet target specification.

14 November 2018

Once-bred heifers need careful management to ensure they are at the correct weight at bulling and allowed to gain weight during pregnancy without becoming over-fat. This guide is designed to help beef producers manage once-bred heifers on farm

14 November 2018

The running of efficient, productive cows that thrive within the farm’s specific environment, while making the most of the available resources, is vital. This document examines the issues related to suckler cow performance so that producers can develop the right female replacements for their system

22 January 2019

AI is not traditionally used in beef cattle, however it can have many benefits, allowing farmers to select bulls that are suited to their herd’s breeding programme without the expense of buying and keeping a bull. This document looks in detail at all aspects of AI and oestrus synchronisation in beef cattle

26 October 2018

Dairy farmers in Wales are being invited to apply for financial and technical support to improve herd health management and disease control, as part of the Dairy Improvement Programme.

5 November 2018

The R&D Review is a summary of some of the work the Beef & Lamb sector is carrying out on behalf of levy payers to help their businesses become more efficient and sustainable.

2 November 2018

Under good management, lambing sheep as ewe lambs can improve the financial viability of sheep systems while at the same time reducing the number of breeding females kept. This publication gives a detailed overview of factors to consider when breeding from ewe lambs

21 August 2019

Sheep farmers are encouraged to check their rams 10 weeks prior to tupping to ensure that they are fit for the breeding season. AHDB Beef & Lamb has designed a leaflet that ensures a quality MOT check for your rams based on the five ‘Ts’ (toes, teeth, testicles, tone and treat)

21 February 2019

Commercial producers are increasingly taking a more informed approach to breeding. They are seeking maternal sires that suit their particular farms to breed female replacements and improve early growth rates. This manual gives advice to producers on buying a recorded ram for maternal sire traits

1 November 2018

Commercial producers are increasingly taking a more informed approach to breeding. They are seeking terminal sires to suit their particular farms, reducing days to slaughter and increasing the value of the lambs sold. This manual gives advice to producers on buying a recorded ram for terminal sire traits

13 August 2018

It is important to keep the cost of producing piglets to a minimum to enable you to maximise profitability at sale. Knowing how your breeding herd performs helps you to identify where and how to concentrate your time, effort and investment to improve performance and reduce the cost of production.

13 August 2018

Improving the number of pigs born alive and piglet survival rate through to weaning has a significant impact on profitability – an increase of 1.7 pigs weaned per litter (the difference between average and top 10% performance) improves net margin by £120 per sow per annum.

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