Meat Promotion Wales

by | Mar 9, 2012


What HCC offer to Simmental Breeders in Wales?

Hybu Cig Cymru is the organisation responsible for the development, promotion and marketing of Welsh red meat. HCC currently offer a range of funding opportunities and resources to beef and lamb producers in Wales.

Breed Improvement

HCC aims to help breeders in Wales by offering support to introduce superior genetics into their herds.

The table below shows the amount of funding available to breeders in Wales.

Performance Recording

Artificial Insemination

Embryo Transfer


50% (max £500)

50% (max £700)

Performance Recording (PR)

  • Performance recording allows you to:
  • Enables herd selection based on performance.
  • Measure traits that you can’t see (e.g. eye muscle area).
  • Improve selected traits while maintaining others.
  • Use the figures as a marketing too.

Artificial Insemination (AI) & Embryo Transfer (ET)

To qualify for AI and ET funding from HCC, the bulls used must have EBV’s in the top 90% for calving ease direct. They must also be in the top 10% for either 400 day weight or eye muscle area.

The table below shows the 2012 Qualification Criteria for Simmental bulls

Calving Ease Direct

400 Day Weight

Eye Muscle Area

Top 90%

Top 10%

Top 10%




Fertility Testing Bulls

HCC are offering funding towards fertility testing bulls. Bull fertility is vitally important as infertile bulls are a major cause of economic loss in the industry.

HCC will fund 50% of the cost of fertility testing up to £200 (to a maximum of £50 per bull)

Carcase Selection Events

The opportunity to assess live animals, follow them through the abattoir process to the chillers and review the carcases. The event gives an insight into:

  • Current market demands
  • Carcase classification
  • Breed traits