Artificial Insemination (Colour Marking Scheme)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Hugh Fraser Mr Hugh Fraser , Stafford and Stone 12:00 am, 19th December 1957

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is satisfied with the success of the colour marking scheme pursued with his Department's approval at artificial insemination stations; and whether he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

The scheme for providing inseminations free or at a reduced cost from colour marking bulls ended in 1951. It is not now the policy of my Department to advocate the use of colour marking bulls exclusively when suitable bulls of other beef breeds are available.

Photo of Mr Hugh Fraser Mr Hugh Fraser , Stafford and Stone

Would my hon. Friend give even further encouragement to the use of Scottish cattle, especially Shorthorns, and other indigenous breeds such as Lincoln Reds, Dublins, and so forth?

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

I will certainly support Lincoln Reds, representing the county I do, but I would point out to my hon. Friend that the only beef Shorthorn bull standing at an A.I. centre at the moment is at the Ministry's own centre at Reading.