Thursday 23 April 2020Working with AHDB & CIEL on their 5-year research project ‘Feed into Beef’

Duynie is a company who continually strives to find new and innovative ways to support and develop the agricultural feed sector not only within their everyday business but also to help and assist others who are working towards change. That is why Duynie are proud to be sponsoring the AHDB and CIEL 5-year research project ‘Feed into Beef’ which aims to improve beef feed guidelines, increase production efficiency, reduce feed costs and improve environmental impacts brought by beef farming.

CIEL are working with leading specialists in the field to bring together the most recent science and support UK agriculture. Studies have been conducted focusing on the intake, growth, and emissions from beef cattle by AFBI and SRUC which in conjunction with overseas findings these results will be put together to update the following:

  • Feed Intake
  • Energy and Protein Requirements
  • Rumen Function
  • Growth
  • Body Composition

AHDB have shared an in-depth look, into the projects aims and objectives:

  • Engage with industry to clearly define needs and priorities
  • To develop new equations providing improved predictions of feed intake for main types of animals and diets according to animal and diet characteristics
  • To develop new models for predicting growth and composition of modern beef genotypes (both dairy-and beef-origin) according to category of animal
  • To update models for the energy requirements of growing and finishing beef cattle (by category) and suckler cows
  • To revise models for rumen microbial protein synthesis and metabolisable protein requirements
  • To revise feed values for major feed categories fed to beef cattle in the UK – particularly filling gaps in information about new feed types
  • Model the effects of feed interactions on feed values
  • To develop prediction models for methane emissions of beef cattle (suckler cows, growing and finishing

This project has been launched with the purpose to review, clarify, and update the requirements of the modern-day beef animal for the first since the AFRC publication of 1993.

Since 1993 animal genetics of the UK cattle population has changed as have the feeding systems and the feeds which are commonly used by farmers. The beef market specification has also changed with meat processors seeking younger cattle with lighter carcasses whilst attaining similar fat. The research will set out to take all of these changes into account and will provide new guidelines to the modern-day beef UK Beef industry.

The new findings and guidelines are expected to be introduced to the industry in March 2023!





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