Beef Cornerstone

Beef Cornerstone Breeding Club

Beef Cornerstone facilitates the testing of Genus ABS BeefInFocus sires through our Beef Calving Survey Programme in the UK. This programme enables us to provide reliable proven sires that meet our customers’ needs.

Each year we test in the region of 20 young beef sires, and this number continues to grow annually. We currently have around 400 customers actively testing our young beef sires in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Italy, keen to be first to access the genetics of the future.

Most beef sires tested through the Beef Calving Survey programme have been sourced from herds that we have developed relationships with over many years. Alongside this, in 2015 we created our own British Blue breeding programme within NuEra Genetics, to further drive genetic progress with data driven breeding decisions.

Having a Beef Cornerstone Membership… the benefits to you!

We are continuously recruiting customers to participate in Beef Cornerstone Breeding Programme. If you would like to join the testing programme, you could benefit from…

• Access to the latest in beef sire genetics, including bulls which are sons of leading proven Genus ABS beef sires.
• For each calving survey form completed on a dairy cow and returned to us an automatic credit will be put your account*
• You will receive a free Beef Cornerstone jacket on sign up!

*Credits only available for surveys completed on dairy cows- £10 for completed British Blue surveys, £7.50 for any other breed

Beef Sires Currently on Survey

Within our beef calving survey, between 10 and 20 young beef bulls are tested every year throughout the UK across dairy cows. This allows Genus ABS to boast one of the most comprehensive young beef bull progeny test programmes in today’s market place. Emphasis is placed stringently on the use of the young beef bulls onto dairy cows so as to give as true a representation of the young bulls potential for Calving Ease, Gestation Length, Calf Quality and suitability for use on heifers.

Young beef bulls are selected from the main breeds used in the UK. This provides much choice and variety for all our farmers. Below you can find a list of bulls currently ‘Under Survey’, simply click on the bull of your choice for more information.

British BlueMaes Number One
British BlueNuEra Norman
HerefordHean 1 Roscoe
SimmentalDenizes Ibraham 17
SimmentalDenizes Inferno 17
LimousinTomschoice Onslow
LimousinTomschoice Nation
CharolaisCulmvale Novello

NuEra Sires

These sires are pedigree Angus and British Blue sires registered with the UK Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society and British Blue Cattle Society respectively. However, these sires should be used for commercial use only as progeny will not be accepted for registration in the respective breed society Herd Book. Please record the sire ID on passports to qualify for Angus progeny schemes.

Customer Testimonials

“We currently use Genus ABS test British Blue sires on our non breeders, and use a selection of different sires at one time to spread the risk. The calves are thrifty and are easy to manage. The calving survey form is clear and easy to fill out. To date, we’ve had some great calves by Genus ABS test beef sires.”

Andrew Gilbert. Newcourt Barton Farm, Devon, milking 500 cows

“Since signing up to the Beef Cornerstone Program, I have been very happy with the calves we have had from the Beef Cornerstone bulls. We finish our beef calves on farm, so its good to see how the Beef Cornerstone sires compare to the proven sires with calving ease and growth rates. It has also given us a chance to get an early heads up on some good bulls which would fit into our system.”

Matthew Sowray, Brook House Farm, Yorkshire. Milking 150 Holstein’s on AYR Calving System.

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