Become an ON-Farm 2016 Genetics Genius

Want to know how to make your farm fit, fertile and profitable? Then sign up for the latest ON–Farm 2016 event to discover what simple steps you can take to improve the genetics of your stock and the efficiency of your business.

ON-Farm 2016 is Hybu Cig Cymru-Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) new series of events that are designed to share information and innovations developed from an agricultural research programme. Producers are encouraged to attend and take home a range of useful on-farm efficiencies.

The latest event will take place at NPTC Colleges’ Newtown Campus on Thursday 15 September. It will bring together a group of HCC supported genetic experts who will share practical advice, enabling lamb and beef producers to maximise their investments for the greatest returns.

“HCC supports a portfolio of research projects with a set of highly distinguished industry partners that cover vital areas of supply-chain activity. Farmers can hear, see and understand directly how research work impacts positively on their businesses – and then utilise its benefits to boost sustainable production,” said Dr. Julie Finch, HCC’s Corporate Strategy and Policy Manager.

“This is part of HCC’s grassroots activity to help farmers across Wales benefit directly from the wide-ranging body of research work undertaken annually under HCC’s umbrella.”

Specialist Dr Kirsty Moore of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) will lead the evening and share her knowledge of how to use beef EBV’s for improved carcase traits.

Dr Eleri Price of Waitrose Farming Partnership is a past HCC scholar and she will discuss the best protocols for meeting the public’s demand for a quality meat eating experience. Dr Price will also outline what she learnt as a result of her scholarship experience last year, when she travelled to Australia and New Zealand to compare the processes in genetic selection for lamb meat yield and quality.

The line-up is completed by vet Oliver Hodgkinson of Trefaldwyn Vets. He will endorse the key messages of HCC’s summer campaign to boost ram fertility and farmers’ profitability by sharing best practice on how to get the most out of rams ahead of the tupping season.

“Each and every farmer who attends this session will be armed with simple, practical advice that will help them introduce new genetic selection practices to increase quality and boost profitability,” said Dr. Finch.

“HCC is also pleased to be working with NPTC College’s students. A specially-tailored session with the guest speakers will be held for the Agriculture students, and Professional Catering students will prepare light refreshments for the evening event, including Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef dishes.”

If you’d like to attend ON-Farm 2016 on Thursday, September 15, contact HCC by email: or call 01970 625050. Registration will open at 18:30 and the event will start at 19:00. Light refreshments will be served.