NBA Warns over Cattle Evaluation

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Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie

The transfer of genetic performance evaluation for UK cattle to Australia could backfire badly on post-CAP beef development, the National Beef Association has warned.

It has asked breed societies examining the move to hold fire and not make any commitments until they are sure they understand the pros and cons and are able to make a fully informed decision. We are worried at both the lack of information, and the misinformation, that surrounds the issue over whether or not it would be better for societies to hand their BLUP and EBV evaluations over to ABRI in New South Wales or the emerging SAC/Roslin partnership in Edinburgh," explained NBA chief executive, Robert Forster.

"ABRI is in selling mode and pressing its case hard but we would like UK beef breeding specialists to wait until they see exactly what SAC/Roslin can offer before they make a decision that could have a huge impact on the well being of the entire UK beef sector over the next decade."

The NBA believes this issue covers more than specialist breed society concerns like the relative capacity, convenience and effectiveness of two evaluation systems and their respective cost.

"We know that the Government would be unhappy about investing heavily in new performance based research projects if the results were examined first by specialists in competing beef producing countries," said Mr Forster. …