One of the highlights of the beef farming calendar, the National Beef Association’s (NBA) Beef Expo will be held at North West Auction’s J36 Rural Auction Centre, Crooklands, Cumbria, on Thursday, May 23.
The event brings together the best in British commercial and pedigree cattle, as well as the chance to attend technical seminars, visit trade and breed society stands and see what the industry has to offer in terms of new developments.
North West Auctions Farmstock manager Paul Gentry says: “We are delighted to be hosting Beef Expo 2019 and sharing our facilities.
“Although information is readily available in lots of places, farming can be a lonely business.
“Beef Expo is a very social event which brings together all aspects of the industry to discuss the challenges and opportunities we face in the future with like-minded people.”
With more than £6,000 in prize money up for grabs, the NBA Commercial Cattle Show has attracted strong entries from across the UK.
Julie Sedgewick, organiser of the competition, says: “It has been encouraging. We are really happy with the excellent level of support.
“It is particularly pleasing to see new entrants coming in, and the central location and being in a lowrisk TB area certainly helps.”
Gavin Scott, Linlithgow, will be judging the native and continental classes, as well as the supreme championships.
Tudur Edwards, Corwen, will take centre stage to judge the baby beef classes and championship and the young handlers competition.
For the fourth year, the South Devon Herd Book Society is also holding its Performance Championships with £500 in prize money on offer.
This year, the ever-popular farm tours, which take place on Wednesday, May 22, will visit the Kelly family near Kirkby Lonsdale, who run a herd of pedigree Herefords, a smaller herd of Limousins and a calf rearing unit, and the Dixon family at Selside, who run 220 Stabiliser cows, Swaledale, Mule and Bluefaced Leicester sheep and a 12,000-bird free range layer poultry unit.
The farm tours will be followed by the Beef Industry Dinner, which this year takes place at Castle Green Hotel, Kendal.
NBA chief executive Chris Mallon says: “Alongside the main Beef Expo event, visitors will have the opportunity to experience NBA members’ farms first-hand.
“There is a huge benefit to be gained from knowledge sharing between beef producers and engaging with industry experts.”
■ When: Thursday, May 23
■ Where: North West Auctions J36 Rural Auction Centre, Crooklands, Cumbria
■ Tickets: NBA members free, non-members £10 on the day, or at nationalbeefassociation.com/beefexpo, where farm tour tickets can also be purchased. NBA members, £30; non-members, £36
■ Dinner tickets: NBA members, £48; non-members £54. To purchase, email Katie@nationalbeefassociation.com
■ Parking: At Westmorland County Showground, Crooklands, LA7 7NH. Follow road signage. A park and ride service will be available to NWA throughout the day