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June 2018

Sheep Live to Dead – Launceston

June 22 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
H R Jasper & Son, Botathan Abattoir South Petherwin
Launceston, PL15 7JL United Kingdom
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This practical event, run by AHDB Beef & Lamb & MLC Services Ltd, allows you to handle live animals and make your assessment of fat cover and conformation using the EUROP grid. You will then see the same animals on the hook in the chillers and the actual classification so you can compare the assessments made whilst the animals were alive. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss various market requirements, factors affecting killing out percentages and dressing specifications.…

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Getting ready for the challenges – making the most out of grass and forage, West Sussex

June 28 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Didling farms, MidHurst
West Sussex, GU29 0LQ
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Matt Blyth tupped 800 Lleyn, Lleyn x and mule ewes in autumn 2017, with 420 shearlings potentially entering the flock in autumn 2018. The sheep are on 194 hectares, with around 30% being permanent pasture and a further third being low or no input. With the other third being 73 ha of white clover leys and 8 ha of red clover leys. He also grazes a small group of cattle. Matt has been using rotational grazing systems for over five…

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Lamb production in arable rotations, Oxfordshire

June 28 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
manor farm, South side
Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire OX25 4RT United Kingdom
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By kind permission of Sam & Charlotte Clarke of Manor Farm Join AHDB and Germinal to discuss lamb production from grass leys within an arable rotation. Two different mixtures (ryegrass and clover mix and herbal ley mix) were sown in autumn 2016 in arable fields and are being grazed by ewes and lambs. Performance of the leys and the grazing stock is being monitored to enable a comparison of the mixtures. Sam and Charlotte Clarke lamb a mix of Suffolk…

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July 2018

Marketing Prime Beef – Warwickshire

July 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Highfield Farm, Frankton
Rugby, warwickshire CV23 9PP United Kingdom
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By kind permission of Bert Mitchell Join AHDB Beef & Lamb and the NFU for this practical on farm event. The event will look at aspects of marketing prime beef cattle including production, knowing your market, selection for slaughter and hitting market specification. There will also be a butchery demo looking at new ways of butchering beef in order to meet changing consumer demands. Bert finishes approximately 700 cattle per year, sending them to Morrison’s Woodheads, Spalding. Programme 2:30pm    Arrival,…

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New breeding tools to drive beef efficiency – North Yorkshire

July 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Greystones Farm, Caldwell
Richmond, North Yorkshire DL11 7UB United Kingdom
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Courtesy of Watson Swinbank Join AHDB Beef & Lamb for this event showcasing the potential for breeding advances to improve the efficiency of the beef industry. Speakers will explain how using breeding tools to inform purchase and selection decisions can help maximise returns in your herd.  They will also discuss the latest breeding developments and provide an opportunity to visit the new beef feed efficiency unit at Greystones Farm. Programme 4:00pm         Registration & refreshments (tea/coffee) 4:30pm         Welcome & introduction…

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Strategic Farm Event: Improving grassland management – Nottinghamshire

July 5 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Little Morton Farm, Babworth
Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 8BE
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Beef & Lamb Strategic Farms, part of AHDB’s wider inspiring farm excellence network, aim to demonstrate clear advances in on-farm productivity by monitoring performance and implementing best practice. With 400ha of land down to grass, Joe stocks 330 Angus suckler cattle with youngstock taken through to finish, as well as finishing 200 Angus cross dairy stores per year. Joe aims to finish all of the youngstock from a purely forage based diet and therefore ensures high standards of grassland management…

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Beef Live to Dead Event

July 6 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
2 Sisters, Cooksland Industrial Estate
Bodmin Cornwall, PL31 2QB
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Free

This practical event, run by AHDB, allows you to handle live animals and make your assessment of fat cover and conformation using the EUROP grid. You will then see the same animals on the hook in the chillers and the actual classification so you can compare the assessments made whilst the animals were alive. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss various market requirements, factors affecting killing out percentages and dressing specifications. Other topics include: Current consumer demands Characteristics…

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FREE Beef “Live to Dead” Event- Bedfordshire

July 10 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Dawn Cardington, Cardington
Bedford, Bedfordshire MK44 3SB
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This practical event, run by AHDB & MLC Services Ltd, allows you to handle live animals and make your assessment of fat cover and conformation using the EUROP grid. You will then see the same animals on the hook in the chillers and the actual classification so you can compare the assessments made whilst the animals were alive. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss various market requirements, factors affecting killing out percentages and dressing specifications. Other topics include:…

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Strategic Farm Event: Improving Grassland Management – Plymouth

July 11 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
West Sherford Farm, Brixton, Plymouth, Devon, PL8 2DP, West Sherford Farm, Brixton, Plymouth, Devon, PL8 2DP
Plymouth, PL8 2DP
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Beef & Lamb Strategic Farms, part of AHDB’s wider inspiring farm excellence network, aim to demonstrate clear advances in on-farm productivity by monitoring performance and implementing best practice. John Haimes manages a holding of 230ha which includes a herd of 100 suckler cows with youngstock sold as stores. One of his main objectives as part of strategic farms is to improve his grassland management. This event will be an opportunity to learn more about the strategic farm and in particular…

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Minimising carcase losses in the lamb supply chain – Suffolk

July 12 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Sheep Unit, Rutland Stud
Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9RS United Kingdom
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Join AHDB Beef & Lamb and the National Sheep Association (NSA) to find out more about minimising carcase losses in lambs. With increasingly tight financial margins in lamb production and processing, it is vital to minimise losses throughout the supply chain. Farmers can maximise their financial returns by meeting target carcase specifications and minimising the losses of saleable meat and offal. Conditions such as liver fluke, pasteurella and parasitic worms not only cause rejection of offal and carcases at slaughter,…

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Strategic Farm Event: Improving grassland management – North Yorkshire

July 13 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Davison Farm, Egton
Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 1UA United Kingdom
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Strategic Farms for Beef & Lamb, part of the wider Farm Excellence Platform, aims to demonstrate clear advances in on-farm productivity by monitoring performance and implementing best practice. Guy currently rents 400ha near Whitby, he runs a herd of 190 suckler cows with the majority of progeny finished on farm. One of Guys main objectives of Strategic Farms was to improve his grassland management. This event will be a great opportunity to learn about the changes Guy has made including…

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FREE Sheep “Live to Dead” Event – Warwickshire

July 17 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Farmers Fresh, The Abattoir
Kenilworth, CV8 1NN
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This practical event, run by AHDB & MLC Services Ltd, allows you to handle live animals and make your assessment of fat cover and conformation using the EUROP grid. You will then see the same animals on the hook in the chillers and the actual classification so you can compare the assessments made whilst the animals were alive. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss various market requirements, factors affecting killing out percentages and dressing specifications. Other topics include:…

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Strategic Farm Event: Improving suckler performance – Cumbria

July 17 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Kirkhouse Farm, Brampton Cumbria CA8 1JR + Google Map

Beef & Lamb Strategic Farms, part of AHDB’s wider inspiring farm excellence network, aim to demonstrate clear advances in on-farm productivity by monitoring performance and implementing best practice. Edward farms 154ha in Cumbria running a herd of 130 Limousin suckler cows and a flock of 300 commercial Texel ewes. One of Edwards main objectives of joining Strategic Farms was to improve the reproductive performance of the suckler herd. This event will focus on three key areas affecting suckler output: Increasing…

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FREE Beef “Live to Dead” Event- Guildford

July 18 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
ABP Guildford, Moorfield Road Slyfield Industrial Estate Guildford
Surrey, GU1 1RP
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This practical event, run by AHDB & MLC Services Ltd, allows you to handle live animals and make your assessment of fat cover and conformation using the EUROP grid. You will then see the same animals on the hook in the chillers and the actual classification so you can compare the assessments made whilst the animals were alive. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss various market requirements, factors affecting killing out percentages and dressing specifications. Other topics include:…

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FREE Sheep “Live to Dead” Event- Northumberland

July 25 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Linden Foods (Burradon), Quarry Cottages Burradon
Cramlington Northumberland, NE23 7NB
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This practical event, run by AHDB Beef & Lamb & MLC Services Ltd, allows you to handle live animals and make your assessment of fat cover and conformation using the EUROP grid. You will then see the same animals on the hook in the chillers and the actual classification so you can compare the assessments made whilst the animals were alive. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss various market requirements, factors affecting killing out percentages and dressing specifications. …

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August 2018

FREE Sheep “Live to Dead” Event – Preston

August 1 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Dunbia Preston, Church Road Bamber Bridge
Preston Lancashire, PR5 6AJ
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This practical event, run by AHDB & MLC Services Ltd, allows you to handle live animals and make your assessment of fat cover and conformation using the EUROP grid. You will then see the same animals on the hook in the chillers and the actual classification so you can compare the assessments made whilst the animals were alive. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss various market requirements, factors affecting killing out percentages and dressing specifications. Other topics include:…

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FREE Sheep Live to Dead Event – Chesterfield

August 2 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
R B Elliott & Son, Stud Farm
Calow, Chesterfield S44 5UN
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These practical events, run by AHDB allow you to handle live animals and make your assessment of fat cover and conformation using the EUROP grid. You will then see the same animals on the hook in the chillers and the actual classification so you can compare the assessments made whilst the animals were alive. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss various market requirements, factors affecting killing out percentages and dressing specifications. Other topics include: Current consumer demands Characteristics…

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North Yorkshire Swaledale Group Open Day – York

August 16 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Breck House, Bransdale
Fadmoor, York YO62 7JW United Kingdom
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Join AHDB Beef & Lamb and the North Yorkshire Swaledale Group members to learn more about year two of their exciting performance recording project. The North York Moors Swaledale Breeders are a group of farmers who are looking to improve the carcase traits of their Swaledale sheep flocks, develop a template for Swaledale/hill sheep performance recording and improving their hill lamb finishing systems. The Swaledale breed is at the heart of this project and the event will reveal results from…

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