Easter Howgate Farm hosts World Angus Forum

Published Wednesday, 19th July 2017 in Research news
Photo caption: World Angus Forum delegates visiting Easter Howgate Farm.Over 100 Angus breeders and industry leaders from across the world have visited SRUC’s Easter Howgate Farm as part of the World Angus Forum tour of the UK and Ireland.

Delegates came from as far as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US and learnt about SRUC research on animal handling and welfare, feed conversion efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions and precision livestock farming.

At the conference ‘From Consumption to Conception’ Professor Richard Dewhurst, Head of Future Farming Systems at SRUC, spoke about markers and proxies to breed for feed conversion efficiency and SAC Consulting Assistant Regional Manager Gavin Hill spoke on ‘Getting it right on-farm and providing the ideal product for the processor’.
Professor Richard Dewhurst said: “SRUC has been pleased to work with the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society in a project developing proxies for feed conversion efficiency.  Feed is one of the biggest costs in beef production and if we can convert that feed into beef more efficiently that will be hugely beneficial.”
The Forum is held every four years and provides a platform for the exchange of genetics information and breeding objectives, and also acts as a forum for youth involvement, to take us into the future.

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