GoBeef a research project with the future in mind
GoBeef is a comprehensive research project focusing on the production of high quality beef from the Jersey cow, cross-breeding with both Hereford and Angus.
Research project underway
The purpose of the research is to investigate the potential of producing red beef through beff cattle crosses of extensive breed and fed with a high forage share. Jersey meat contains the attractive intramuscular fat marbles, which give the meat tenderness, the good taste and high eating quality. Something that has made the Jersey x Danish Blue crosses attractive in Danish calf and Gourmet calf concepts. A large group of researchers from Aarhus University, Foulum, Danish Crown, Arla, Viking Denmark and VIFU therefore want to explore the potential of producing the older and darker beef, from Jersey cows, but instead crossed with Hereford and Angus Cattle. These breeds are recognized for their frugal (economic) feed requirements and special quality in fat marbling and thereby the quality of theresulting carcass.
Stakeholders from across the industry
Dansk Jersey and Danish cattle work to develop an industry based recommendation on the phasing out of the killing of new-born Jersey bull calves. That is why it is precisely highly topical with research projects that focus on promoting the earnings potential of surplus male calves from Jersey milk production. The research project’s application to GUDP was submitted in early September and a response is expected at the end of November. All stakeholders in the project have shown great commitment and ownership in the application process, which is why it has been possible to start the project with the support of participating farmers and Viking Denmark. A big thank-you must therefore be made to the four participating farmers in the project, who, at the time of writing, have just completed the first insemination period with Angus and Hereford. It is planned, that to complete the GoBeef research project, 448 calves must be produced
Cattle calves are to be born over two periods. Calves of the first period are 48 calves-12 of each race combination and both sexes are placed at the Foulum Research Centre and are born 3-5 months before the remainder of the project’s calves to improve the possibilities of identifying the most optimal time for the large Group of cross-breeding cattle.
Participants are sought for the GoBeeF project there is still the opportunity to become a participant in the research project with the production of Hereford and Angus crossbred calves. The following applies to participation in the project: • Insemination with both Hereford and Angus • The insemination period is from 1st. February and the following 3-4 months • Calves are collected from calf producer at 10 weeks • Reimbursement is granted for the purchase of extra calf cabins to house extra calves for the project; • The purchase of milk powder is also reimbursed for use in connection with the project;
Contact your breeding advisor for
Further information and possible registration for the GoBeef project.
Jacob Nielsen is also part of GoBeef:
“What’s the alternative?“
Jacob Nielsen has 725 Jersey cows on his farm near Grindsted. He is one of the four cattle farmers in the first part of GoBeef, and the Viking has met him for a talk about the project. Producing heifers, we must expect a price drop – and the business model is not sustainable long-term
Why did you say yes to being in GoBeef?
“What’s the alternative? We have long talked about the need to find new outlets, because there will certainly be a day when it is no longer possible to cull the bull calves. At the same time, we cannot simply take the lead on the fact that we can continue to sell heifers, because if everyone suddenly produces heifers, we have to expect a price drop – and then the business model is not sustainable or profitable. That is why it is important to support research and development in this field – for our own sake. “
What do you expect from the GoBeef project?
“Right now I do not see other alternatives to new outlets, which is why I am backing this project, but the whole thing comes out of the sales price. The calves will cost a little to produce, so it requires a fine price in the end. Besides without that, I can worry about all the talk of eating less meat. Will it affect us in the long-term? It’s hard to predict. But right now, GoBeef is the best card we have in our hand, and I therefore hope that we will have some good calves that can give us farmers a profitable business – while preserving the rules on bull calves. For rules, there will definitely be. It’s just a matter of time.”
This article was extracted and translated from December issue of Viking news