Beef Efficiency Scheme

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About the Beef Efficiency Scheme

Background

Beef production is increasingly under a spotlight, rightly or wrongly, for being a significant contributor to climate change due to methane emissions from rumen enteric fermentation.

The objective of the Beef Efficiency Scheme is to assist in the development of your suckler herd to become as efficient as possible. Increasing efficiency will reduce the emissions from beef production and also improve overall herd profitability making your herd more sustainable both economically and environmentally.

This is a five year scheme which will contribute to a range of improvements focussing on cattle genetics and management practice on-farm.

The full impact of the Scheme will not be realised for several years. We would expect the principal impacts to be improved genetic selection in respect of growth rates, feed conversion, maternal behaviour, nutrition practice and disease resistance. Importantly, these improvements will all be cumulative.

In recognition of the extra work involved in collecting and entering data, the Beef Efficiency Scheme will pay you, as a participating suckled calf producer, each year for the first three years a payment equivalent to approximately £30 per calf, which will be paid on an area basis.

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