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GENUS ABS AND ABP FOOD GROUP ANNOUNCE BEEF SUPPLY CHAIN PARTNERSHIP


A new beef supply arrangement looks set to deliver a higher value calf crop for dairy farmers, better efficiencies from the beef supply chain and improved long term opportunities for British Beef.

 

In 2014, Genus ABS, the UK’s leading supplier of beef genetics and the ABP Food Group (ABP), one of the largest beef processors in Europe, collaborated to deliver better efficiencies from the beef supply chain and higher quality beef.

 

 

As a result of the collaboration, a new initiative called BeefConnect has been launched in the UK.

 

BeefConnect involves farmers using Genus ABS Aberdeen Angus beef sires on lower end dairy cows to produce beef-cross calves. The calves are reared on farm following best practice protocol and then collected by ABP at between 10 – 35 days old and then moved to a dedicated ABP rearing unit through ABP’s integrated beef farming business Blade Farming.

 

Jocelyn Orr, Beef Brand Manager, Genus ABS explained the many benefits available to farmers of participating in the BeefConnect programme: “Participating farmers will benefit from more competitive prices and a simpler way of moving calves off farm whilst having access to top quality, mainly British bred sires.”

 

Richard Phelps ABP UK’s group Agriculture Director: “ABP will provide Genus ABS with information on animal performance and other factors that affect the price received and potential margin for beef finishers. Currently, this data is lost and this is hampering efforts to improve efficiency.”

 

Genus ABS will use the data to make better bull selection decisions, ultimately allowing beef farmers to select sires with better growth performance and carcass quality; factors which have the potential to improve the efficiency and profitability of beef finishing in Britain.

 

BeefConnect is currently available to farmers in Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, with intention to expand further across the UK.

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