All set for inaugural annual Beef School

FOR the first time in Zimbabwe, the livestock industry has come together to organise the Beef School to be held under the auspices of the Zimbabwe Herd Book (ZHB). The event will be held at the Agricultural Research Trust Farm on September 20 and 21.
This event was stimulated by the huge success of the Aldam (South Africa) Beef School which has now become an annual event.

 
ZHB represents all registered breeds of cattle and sheep in Zimbabwe and recently launched Breedplan®, the world’s leading livestock improvement scheme.

 
Beef School partners and sponsors include National Foods, Breedplan®, Animal Breeders, Carswell Meats, Taltec, Ice Feeds, Freddy Hirsch, CC Sales, World Wide Sires, Livestock Identification Trust, African and Wildlife Development Consultants, Fivet, Coopers, Solomombe and Agrifoods.

 
Rapid changes are occurring in the production of beef world-wide and Zimbabwe is no exception as dramatic adjustments have been introduced in the production and marketing environment in recent years.  The Beef School will bring together local, regional and international experts to discuss a wide range of topics that influence beef production.  This event will comprise two days of intensive lectures and practical sessions to update all beef producers, particularly new-comers to the industry, on current trends as well as reflect on proven methodologies.

 
An impressive line-up of speakers has been arranged for the event. Don Trimmer, head of Beef Genetics Department, Accelerated genetics (US) is the keynote speaker and will present topics on genetic progress in the US beef cattle industry and global trends in the World beef market.

 
Clive Marshall of Botswana Meat Corporation will talk on Weaner Production and the beef value chain.

 
Dr Michael Bradfield of AgriBSA, South Africa, will talk on the benefits of genetic improvement for commercial producers.

 
Dr Doug Bruce of Bargrove Veterinary Consultants, will provide an animal health calendar and Dr Japie Jackson, veterinarian and cattle producer, will speak on veld management and animals physiological requirements.

 
Mark Hayter, auctioneer and cattle producer, will discuss carcass evaluation and assist with a practical demonstration of carcasses and cuts. Beef producers Patrick Zhuwawo,  John Crawford and Jaco Erasmus will talk about the market determinants for cattle prices, cattle psychology and the economics of beef production in Zimbabwe respectively.

 
Focus of the Beef School will be on practical applications of beef management principles.

 
Phone Florence Mbewe, 04 – 756 600 or 772 915 for further information or e-mail admin@lit.co.zw.