This three day study tour to Wales and the midlands of England will focus on how the latest breeding technologies impact on the profitability and management of beef farm businesses through better meeting market requirements.
The areas of innovation studied will include:
- how breeding techniques such as synchronisation can aid artificial insemination.
- how technology can assist in the selection and management of bulls
- the use of sexed and hetero-spermic semen.
- progeny testing facilitated by electronic management systems.
- breeding for a specific market outlet.
Click HERE to see a draft itinerary.
The group will leave from Belfast International Airport on the morning of Tuesday 3rd of September and return on the morning of Thursday 5th September.
The tour will be led by CAFRE Advisers John Sands and Dominic Mason.
Applications are invited from one member or employee of the farm business with at least 15 suckler cows, who is over 18 years old on the application closing date and not in full-time education. See the full Terms and Conditions for further information.
To increase the benefits arising from the study tour, all applicants must identify a group of farmers to share their findings with upon their return. Sixteen places are available and these will be allocated on a competitive basis.
The Farm Innovation Visit Scheme, which is part of the NI Rural Development Programme and part funded by the EU, will cover the costs associated with setting up the visit, accommodation, travel outside of Northern Ireland, breakfast, lunch and evening meals when in Great Britain. Participants will be expected to meet any additional costs, including farm relief and travel insurance.