THE benefits of Stabiliser Cattle to the entire beef production chain will be explained at an open day this month.

The Stabiliser Cattle Company (SCC) will explain the benefits for beef producers, abattoirs and consumers at Wold Farm, Bishop Wilton, near York, on Wednesday.

David Alvis, managing director of SCC, said: “Suckler herds using Stabiliser genetics already see significant profit gains from an increase in fertility, calving ease and feed efficiency – which is driven by a disciplined system of collecting performance data to make genetic selections backed by science.

“In return, cattle sent to the abattoir are more consistent in size and age, resulting in improved meat quality and an enhanced eating experience for the consumer.”

He said the approach of Brexit means the need for change has never been greater, increasing the attractiveness of lower input, higher output systems.

“This sits at the core of the Stabiliser breed, with its moderate frame, feed conversion efficiency and fast growth allowing producers to increase stocking rates without taking on more land and have cattle market ready as early as 12 months of age,” he said.

At the open day Jimmy Hyslop, beef and sheep consultant for SRUC, will explain the importance of feed efficiency in beef systems while sharing results from the most recent Net Feed Efficiency study at Wold Farm. Attendees will be able to see the 80-head of Stabiliser bulls from the eight-week trial using GrowSafe units to track feed conversion.

Boomer Birch, beef programme manager for Cogent, will discuss the driving factors behind Stabiliser semen becoming the fastest growing breed in their offering.

He will also share the value Stabiliser genetics are bringing beef and dairy sectors through AI.

Alex Corbishley of The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh will highlight the importance of proactive herd health management in beef production systems, enabling producers to fully exploit the genetic potential of their stock and optimise both animal welfare and financial performance, whilst reducing reliance on antibiotics.

Jude Capper, livestock sustainability consultant, will conclude the day with a presentation on how efficient beef production benefits producers, consumers and the environment.

This draws on her extensive experience gained from commercial and academic research in both the UK and the US.

The open day at Wold Farm (YO42 1SX) starts at 10.30am. It includes lunch and a tour of the Stabiliser herd at JSR Givendale Farm. For more details or to register, contact or call 07790 018637.