Switch from Dairy to Simmental Breeds Success

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Byline: By Steve Dube Western Mail

Possible solutions to the challenges facing the farming sector may emerge from a suckler beef open day in Ceredigion tomorrow.

Farmers with a keen eye for cattle will join representatives of organisations from across the supply chain at Penwern Fawr, Cwmcou, Newcastle Emlyn at 11.30am.

The award-winning 165- acre farm of Wyn Jenkins has been selected by the British Simmental Cattle Society and the Beef and Sheep Development Centre of Farming Connect.

Visitors will be able to see the results of switching from dairying to suckler beef and of Signet recording the herd through the Suckler Cow project as part of the Link Sustainable Livestock Production Programme.

This project aims to help beef producers choose the most appropriate breed or cross for their own system and demonstrates how Wyn chose the Simmental breed for strong maternal traits, beefing qualities, and the right temperament.

Rory O'Sullivan, head of the Agriculture and Fisheries Policy Division for the Welsh Assembly Government, will give the keynote speech at midday.

Mr O'Sullivan will highlight the economic, social and environmental aspects of the Common Agricultural Policy reforms with the introduction of a single farm payment.

There will also be presentations on breeding and performance recording, animal health, feeding and nutrition, environmental opportunities, cattle selection and carcass classification

The 165 acres of Penwern Fawr, above the Cenarth Falls at Cwmcou, near Newcastle Emlyn, was a 55-cow dairy enterprise until 12 years ago. …