Booming exports of beef cattle

UK - The export boom in Aberdeen-Angus cattle, following the lifting of export restrictions earlier this year, is continuing with the shipment of 21 heifers and two bulls from five Scottish herds to Switzerland.
calendar icon 4 November 2006
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The shipment was arranged by Mrs Sheila Eggleston, of Eggs-Port, Hexham, Northumberland, who has exported a number of consignments of Aberdeen-Angus semen to Switzerland in recent years to meet the requirements of Switzerland's growing quality beef market.

"Aberdeen-Angus is the most numerous breed in the Swiss Beef Cattle Herdbook, with more than 3,000 cows, and plans are in hand to develop the Aberdeen-Angus beef brand in retail shops and restaurants," said Mrs Eggleston.

One of the Swiss buyers, Daniel Niklaus, of Linderhof Angus, sees a bright future for the Aberdeen-Angus breed in Switzerland.

"The creation of an Aberdeen-Angus beef label is an important milestone in the history of Swiss Angus breeding and will have a positive effect on the demand for Aberdeen-Angus genetics," said Mr ~ Niklaus-Gerber.

"We are introducing gene marker tests to determine meat tenderness and marbling which will enable breeders to improve the eating quality of beef for the first time in the history of Swiss beef cattle breeding."


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