Recently, Farmplan’s Product Coordinator, Sally Ashwell was invited to attend and speak at the Beef Cattle Day at the University of Agriculture in Alnarps, which is just outside Malmo, Sweden.
This group was set up 10 years ago to swap ideas about beef farming in the Skåne region. The attendees at this event included beef farmers, students, academics and industry representatives.
The agenda for the day covered everything from production and research through to testing meat quality, sustainability and how technology and record keeping can aid management on farm. Sally says, “The event focused on Swedish beef production, but there was much to take away and I was pleased we, here at Farmplan, could add to the discussions.”
The chair for the day was Anna Kristoffersson, who is a beef farmer herself but also works as a chemical engineer. Although Sweden has a central database like we have BCMS for cattle, they do not have much in the way of computerised programs specifically designed for the beef industry and nothing that links directly to the official database.
Sally added, “This event really offered a chance to share knowledge and see what could be done for increasing management records. As part of the visit we were invited to Anna’s family farm of 500 hectares (cereals/potatoes/peas) and 150 suckler cows.”
The event Agenda in detail:
- Summary about “Beef in Sweden the last 10 years” – market, production and research.
- Meat quality in practice and theory – Chef preparing beef differently for testing, then discuss beef quality from a research perspective what influences the quality
- Sustainability – beef and meat vs vegetarian etc how to meet the consumers.
- What happens around the world – trends from OSCD/ FOA and Agri Benchmark reports.
- New technology and digitalization a better way to register and manage cattle with new management programs – Farmplan an example from England
- Good management – where and how do we focus in order to have successful or improved beef operations.