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Profitable beef production is on the menu for farmers in the South West

PUBLISHED: 14:09 23 March 2011 | UPDATED: 19:04 20 February 2013

Profitable, sustainable beef production will be the theme of a series of three, free-to-attend 'Pies and Peas' meetings which are being organised by BOCM PAULS, Blade Farming and Pfizer during March and April.

Profitable, sustainable beef production will be the theme of a series of three, free-to-attend Pies and Peas meetings which are being organised by BOCM PAULS, Blade Farming and Pfizer during March and April.



The first event will take place on Thursday 31st March at Mr Mervyn Keelings Wilmington Farm, Wilmington, near Bath in Somerset, to highlight Blade Farmings Aberdeen Angus Beef Finishing Scheme. Open to existing and prospective beef producers in the South and South West of England, the day will begin at 11.00 with a farm walk around Mr Keelings beef unit. This will enable farmers to see a successful unit in action, following which the group will move inside for short presentations by Richard Greasley of BOCM PAULS, Richard Phelps of Blade Farming and Humphrey Grimmett of Pfizer, with an opportunity to discuss various aspects of beef production over a pie and peas lunch.



Richard Greasley, Sales Manager for BOCM PAULS, states:



These events follow on from a series of highly-successful open days which were held last year. They are designed to provide farmers with an opportunity to learn more about the quality beef market and to help them make an informed decision about adding a potential additional revenue stream to an existing livestock business. The meetings will also enable them to learn more about securing a source of quality calves for the future and hopefully attract new entrants into beef production to meet the growing demand for quality meat.



Somerset-based Blade Farming specialises in producing meat of the highest quality for the consumer and that which is produced through the Blade Aberdeen Angus beef finishing scheme has been proven to be extremely tender, succulent and full of flavour. Consequently, demand is increasing and the business is actively looking for more beef producers to join its Aberdeen Angus finishing scheme.



Blade Farming operates a unique forward price contact for cattle in their supply chain that allows farmers to budget for the beef enterprise. The Aberdeen Angus contract has a guaranteed minimum base price and a premium tracker price that is well above standard beef prices. There are veal prices too for Holstein young bull calves that are the equivalent of 3.25 and above for calves based on the current UK grading systems.



Aberdeen Angus cross calves which arrive from Blade Farmings rearing units go onto the farm at three months of age and are reared on to be finished, ideally by 20 months of age. This simple, extensive system requires the cattle to be grazed for at least six months of their life and that they are finished on a high cereal diet with a mineral supplement. Cattle that fit these requirements and specifications, and achieve the minimum carcass weight of 245 Kg deadweight, will command a significant premium through the abattoir.



BOCM PAULS, a leader in ruminant nutrition and the UKs only national compounder, has worked closely with Blade Farming for a number of years as a provider of nutritional expertise to contracted producers. The collaboration between the two companies enables producers to fulfil the high genetic potential of calves which are supplied under Blades Aberdeen Angus Beef Finishing Scheme and subsequently to achieve optimum production efficiency and financial returns.



Further details about the open days are available from BOCM PAULS on 01275 378384.

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