The College is working alongside experts from Dunbia on a research project looking at how to improve the profitability and efficiency of lambing.
The three to five-year project will look at ways to maximise the lambing performance of the College flock. Students are given first-hand experience of the live to dead cycle and will play an integral role in developing profitable breeding practices.
Forming the nucleus of the initial Pedigree Hereford breeding programme stock, the six heifers and bull embarked upon an ambitious breeding programme that offered students first-hand experience of the breeding process of pedigree cattle.
As well as offering a range of new teaching practices, the herd will also provide home-reared British Beef for the College’s commercial partnership with Dunbia, which supplies British beef to retailers including ASDA, Sainsbury’s and the Co-operative.
The herd is progressing very well and the environment that the cattle is housed in are first-class. We are looking forward to working with the College and its students as the herd grows, and will be looking forward to working in partnership to create a profitable British reared, high-yield beef herd.
Stan Ayrton from Dunbia
Bishop Burton College is a Centre of Vocational Excellence in Agriculture. As well as the 370-strong herd of cattle, students also benefit from having access to more than 280 hectares of farmland, a 500-strong flock of sheep and a drift of 250 pigs.