The new Bull Beef
Scheme was officially launched at an Open Day in January at the Bull Beef
Unit at the Institute of Rural Studies in Aberystwyth.
'When supplies of Holstein bull beef
are reduced to a trickle this autumn, perhaps the sceptics in the trade will believe us,' he added.
Open days are held at each venue annually and last week two took place at Great Bottom Farm, near Raglan, where options of converting to organic farming are being explored and Panteg Farm, near Narberth, Pembrokeshire, where the bull beef
finishing system and moves to calve heifers at two years old are under the microscope.
Black and white bulls are finished as bull beef
and sold direct.
The family also produces bull beef
, sheep and produce cereals.
A lot of cows have been culled and producers have changed their systems from bull beef
to steers which will put production back.
Junior Bull Beef
Breeds: C B & G G Morris, Llanstephan, Cargriff Bouncer
could give net returns of more than pounds 250 per head, the partners claim.
Rigorous selection of potential breeding bulls means that up to 15 bulls are finished each year for bull beef
, further adding to the herd's value.
A total of 39 pure bred pedigree Welsh Blacks - mainly steers with some heifers and a few bull beef
animals - were entered for the sale and 38 sold.
FARMERS who have quit milk production and are looking for an alternative income could consider going in for bull beef
Philip, who lives at Trelech Grange, helps his employer Harry Phillips with a 120-cow dairy herd, with all calves reared as dairy followers, finished beef and bull beef
, a 400-ewe flock for fat lamb production, five acres of potatoes, two acres of swedes, and 30 acres of saltings wharf.