Genomic testing / Genus ABS



Good thing, or a worrying development?

som farmer

Livestock Farmer
good thing or waste of money I don't see why anyone would worry about testing cattle
both, good for the testing labs, and bad for removing money from farmers.
for the very best herds, sure it could be useful, but for many, perhaps better gains could be had from improving management, very slightly, before anyone gets upset. But it is the 'new' toy, along with genomic testing of bulls, feed efficiency etc, absolutely fine, if everything else is right, and an awful lot of trust, has gone to the 'testers' by farmers, hoping/believing they have it right.


It's whatever you want from it.

Some of my guys have just got a massive glut of heifers and are using it as a screening process to find the bottom 25% that will go to beef regardless.

But for the majority of my farmers they have either Johnes or TB issues and every heifer will be kept until they find their way through those problems first.

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...