Better returns

EBLEX is the English Beef and Lamb Executive. It’s one of the levy boards which promote farming and growing in Britain. The others concerned with red meat are QMS for Scotland, HCC for Wales, and LMC for Northern Ireland. You can see the link for each of these on the sidebar of this blog.

One of the ways that EBLEX promotes sheep and beef production is through its Better Returns Programme (BRP).

My PhD was funded by EBLEX and its sister levy boards. So for several years now, I’ve been receiving BRP manuals. Here’s the one about ewe breeding.

To tell the truth, when you’re doing a PhD you never catch up with the reading. Every paper you read leads you to several more that you want to read. So your heap of unread papers rises exponentially. People ask whether you’re keeping up with your subject, but I never did catch up with my subject!

This is very stressful. About three years into my PhD I decided to stop letting the unread papers stress me. After all, if I haven’t read them all, nor has anybody else! We academics read a *lot* of papers but we’re only human. I’ve actually caught out world experts for not knowing details that I know. Then when my PhD viva came around, my examiners caught me out for not knowing details that I should have known. They gave me the PhD anyway 🙂 so this is the tale I tell to any stressed student.

Bit of a digression but the reason I mention the heap of unread papers is that I didn’t always keep up with the publications from the Better Returns Programme. I did hear a lot of what’s in there, and I’m still reading, but I don’t yet know all of it. There’s a lot of good science there. A lot of good knowledge transfer.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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