The new scientific livestock breeding programme, which will equip cattle breeders and farmers with advanced breeding skills, will spur the government’s command livestock programme as more calves will be produced in a short space of time as compared to the current natural rate.

Officially opening the beef school at Art Farm on the outskirts of Harare, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Cde Davis Mharapira commended the breeders for improving genetics in line with international competitive beef production at a time there is increased enthusiasm in commercial beef production in Zimbabwe.

The beef school is expected to keep the country’s cattle producers abreast with global developments in the beef value chain and offering a venue for producers and professionals to deliberate and foster growth and expansion of the beef industry.

Some of the dramatic changes in the livestock breeding under the new scientific livestock breeding programme will see farmers, who used to produce one calf in three years, now get three calves in the same period.