Instead, attention is beginning to focus on either an EC-subsidised calf slaughter scheme, or an expansion of intensive bull beef
production - most of which would probably still go to Continental markets.
We do not have the bull beef
production based on housed animals fed on maize and concentrate feeds found in Holland, Germany and Italy.
Most of the offer was rejected, but even the scaled down volume of over 2,200 tonnes of steer and young bull beef
now being taken off the market is nearly twice the tonnage accepted in the previous tender round late last month.
But that's the way we farm already, and yet we're being hit," complained the NFU adviser, pointing out that British beef production, along with the Irish and some of the French, would be penalised because it was very slightly outside the extensification criteria deemed acceptable -- yet most excess supply pressure was from the far more intensive continental dairy bull beef
A lot of cows have been culled and producers have changed their systems from bull beef
to steers which will put production back.
Philip, who lives at Trelech Grange, helps his employer Harry Phillips with a 120-cow dairy herd, with all calves reared as dairy followers, finished beef and bull beef
, a 400-ewe flock for fat lamb production, five acres of potatoes, two acres of swedes, and 30 acres of saltings wharf.
Before the crisis started, this corner of the market had been disrupted by imports, especially German bull beef
, due to the demand collapse triggered by the BSE scare late last year.
Rigorous selection of potential breeding bulls means that up to 15 bulls are finished each year for bull beef
, further adding to the herd's value.
He has done a variety of tasks during his 15 years on the 500-acre farm where they have a 120-strong dairy herd with all calves reared as dairy followers, finished beef and bull beef
FARMERS who have quit milk production and are looking for an alternative income could consider going in for bull beef
could give net returns of more than pounds 250 per head, the partners claim.
production is rising sharply in the UK, causing unease in parts of the retailing and slaughtering sectors.