An alternative to feed

Looking at the possibility of using alternative feeds is vital for beef and sheep producers, especially during this period of rising feed costs.

This is one of the subjects that will be covered at the English Beef and Lamb Executives (EBLEX) open meeting being held for beef and sheep levy payers at Skipton Livestock Market from 6 pm to 9.15pm on Monday, November 26.

The meeting will also give producers an opportunity to see a virtual beef and lamb selection demonstration. This is a new interactive computer based programme that has been developed by EBLEX as part of their Better Returns Programmes to enable farmers to see at the touch of a button the appearance of different fat levels and conformation classes on an animal.

A marketing and butchery session will focus on some of the promotional activity that has been rolled out in the wake of the current difficulties, and give a demonstration of seam butchery techniques, which form part of ongoing EBLEX development activity on premium beef and lamb cuts.

Refreshments will be available. Places are free but need to be reserved to assist with catering. To book your place or for further information, contact Diane Northrop at EBLEX on 01480 482981, email dianen@eblex.org.uk.