Weigh Up Cattle Performance With 'Beef Quality Initiative'

UK - How often do you look at your cattle, make a visual assessment of their performance and think cattle growth rates are higher or lower than in previous years?
calendar icon 14 June 2007
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It is only through physically weighing your cattle on a regular basis that you can determine exactly how good your livestock performance is.


Commercial suckler herd owners, who have successfully completed the Beef Quality Initiative (BQI) Cattle Breed Improvement programme, can claim a financial allowance ranging from £350 to £500 for weight recording their calves.

Calves must be weighed on three occasions during a one-year period and can claim this allowance for three consecutive years throughout the BQI scheme.

To be eligible for this allowance, herd owners must weigh a minimum of 15 progeny, which can be sired by stock bulls or through Artificial Insemination (A.I).

To be eligible, five calves must be sired by BQI elite bulls, or alternatively, all 15 calves can be sired by BQI superior bulls.

On completion of weighing, weight records are submitted via e-mail to your local beef and sheep advisor.

Source: Fermanagh Herald
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