HC Deb 19 December 1957 vol 580 cc596-7
35. Mr. H. Fraser

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.

Mr. Godber

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.

Mr. Fraser

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?

Mr. Godber

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.