Duration 3 years Team and Leader L. Dawson, F. Lively and B. Moss Organisations Involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland Background and Summary Currently, production of beef from the suckler herd is a relatively inefficient way of producing beef as the cow has to be maintained whilst it takes up to 30 months to produce a finished animal. Prime beef production from the suckler herd has declined in recent years to the current level of 53% of beef output.  Furthermore it is...

Duration 4 months Team and Leader R. Steen Organisations Involved ARINI - C.S. Mayne, D. Patterson, A. Carson, and Economics Research Division Background and Summary Ruminant livestock production is facing major challenges brought about mainly by the difficult economic climate which now pervades. It is our view that while new innovative research programmes are in hand to help farmers produce milk, beef and lamb more profitably the first need is for farmers to be made fully aware of the considerable amount of research information which is already available on lower cost...

Duration 6 years commencing Spring 2000 Team and Leader R.W.J. Steen Organisations Involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Agricultural Economics Division, Newforge Lane and Scottish Agricultural College. Background and Summary Rearing and finishing Holstein calves could provide an additional enterprise for beef producers in the current situation of low profitability in the beef industry. However, beef from Hosteins is only useful for manufacturing, and conventional cereal bull beef production is currently uneconomic unless one BSP can be...

Duration Team and Leader R W J Steen Organisations involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Hillsborough and Food Science Division, Department of Agriculture Background and Summary Increasing public concern for the welfare of farm animals has generated concern amongst some supermarket buyers of beef that the use of slatted accommodation may convey an image of poor animal welfare to consumers.  Consequently there is reluctance by them to purchase cattle from slatted accommodation. The objectives of this project are to examine the effects of using...

Duration Team and Leader R W J Steen Organisations Involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Hillsborough, Food Science Division, Department of Agriculture and The Queen?s University of Belfast. Background and Summary Minimising the amount of dirt on beef cattle offered for slaughter is considered to be of paramount importance in reducing the risk of bacterial contamination of beef carcasses.  The limited available information would suggest that the amount of dirt on cattle is influenced by a wide range of feeding, environmental and management factors....