Which beef breed bull to use going forward

Scholsey

Member
Location
Herefordshire
I know its been discussed before but are people moving away from using blue semen on cows to a more grazing/forage type breed bull?

Tempted to move to hereford/angus but BBs seem to be far easier to sell when down with TB etc. Been burnt multiple times with herefords but will there be a big push for grazing beef x's now?

Aslong as i knew i could carry on selling calves at 10-14 days old at say £50-100 i would drop bulls tomorrow i just dont want to risk being stuck with sheds full of calves nobody wants!
 

Gulli

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Somerset
There's plenty of good Herefords around. Short gestation easy calving and worth £100+ at that age. Just pick the bulls well, you wouldn't put dairy semen in a cow without knowing what it was?
 

sidjon

Member
Location
EXMOOR
We use blue and Hereford for Ai, have ready market for Hereford heifers at all stages, blues are fantastic to sell as calves and managed to find a great bull for the last 2 years, but he's not available any longer, but probably blues are worth more money.
 
The Hereford has thd advantage of being polled at least, I'm assuming that a polled BB isn't available due to the mutations already within the breed.

The Hereford also has more of an ability to lay down fat if you have to finish them, although the breed has big hard fleshing types too.
 

sidjon

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Location
EXMOOR
The Hereford has thd advantage of being polled at least, I'm assuming that a polled BB isn't available due to the mutations already within the breed.

The Hereford also has more of an ability to lay down fat if you have to finish them, although the breed has big hard fleshing types too.

Polled blues are available from cogent.
 

Werzle

Member
Location
Midlands
Put a value in your calves and use lim semen. Remember not to expect the best calf trade using any breed if your using the easiest of easy calvers , they are short in length regards the carcase for finishing and narrow in the pelvis for breeding. Plus they wont be the best to sell at 14-21 days
 

thorpe

Member
Put a value in your calves and use lim semen. Remember not to expect the best calf trade using any breed if your using the easiest of easy calvers , they are short in length regards the carcase for finishing and narrow in the pelvis for breeding. Plus they wont be the best to sell at 14-21 days
those dairy lims can be hard feeders!
 

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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