There is a strong market for young bull beef
in Italy, for both the retail and foodservice markets.
Farmers across Wales are flocking to join an innovative bull beef
scheme which promises to open up a multi-million pound market for Welsh beef in the fast food industry.
Autumn-born female calves are sold at 12-14 months and the males are fattened as bull beef
Runner-up was Ceredigion producer GW Watkin, of Henllys, Dolybont, Borth, who runs a dairy, bull beef
and arable farm on 332 acres, with a further 350 acres of hill land for 950 ewes.
When the children saw the bull beef
they were told exactly what their final destination would be - burgers and ready-made lasagne - and only one out of 90 showed signs of being a vegan.
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.
The Blade project appears to be a much more comprehensive version of the dairy bull beef
schemes launched, not in all cases successfully, a couple of years ago when the Calf Processing Aid Scheme ended.
Almost certainly reflecting the extent to which higher feed prices have affected pure-bred bull beef
viability, the relative figures suggest more than 100,000 dairy bull calves may have been lost to the beef industry last year.
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.
THE National Beef Association claims unrealistically low wholesale and retail mince values are killing off Holstein bull beef
LOWER rearing calf prices, cheaper cereals, and an improving market for slaughter cattle, should be making grain-fed, Holstein bull beef
and rose veal more attractive to specialist finishers, industry experts have said.
Junior Bull Beef
Breeds: C B & G G Morris, Llanstephan, Cargriff Bouncer
The Welsh Black herd male calves are finished on the farm as young bull beef
at around 350 kg deadweight.
Although the UK price is still about 18% above the EU average, reports from the wholesale market here indicate much less German bull beef
available than a few weeks ago.
Black and white bulls are finished as bull beef
and sold direct.