LEADING British beef producers Robert and Sally Robinson say running composites has proven more profitable than Angus-Charolais cattle.
Mr Robinson estimates their profits have risen $200 a head using Stabilizer composite genetics.
The Robinsons, who run 700 commercial cows on their 1214ha Snipe House Farm in northern England, changed their program after the UK cut farm subsidies in the early 2000s.
The beef producers visited Australian studs recently to learn more about the Stabilizer composite cattle-breeding programs and the use of Red Polls.
"I was invited by some US Stabilizer breeders to look at the program because I was looking for alternative replacement strategies," Mr Robinson said.
The Robinsons previously ran Angus-cross heifers sourced from Ireland and joined to Charolais sires.
"The Irish heifers were also becoming more difficult to source and there were also questions about disease, so it was easier to develop a closed herd," Mr Robinson said.
The Stabilizer composites are a combination of Red Angus, Gelbvieh and Simmental cattle.
"We've heard that Australians are using Red Polls in their Stabilizers as well, so we wanted to have a look at that," he said.
The Robinsons now finish all stock on farm.
"We sell mostly to supermarkets and into some branded beef schemes. Prices have lifted 20 per cent in the past 18 months, due to shortages."