Sale orders valued at around £498,000 for 332 breeding cattle
were confirmed at the NBA Beef Expo 2007 as importers from 12 countries
arranged deliveries with breed societies.
And the sale of a further 196 animals is expected to be concluded
before the end of this week with orders from Kenya, Germany and Turkey
to follow as well as Charolais semen sales to France.
NBA Policy advisor, Kim Haywood, has described the Beef Expo event as a “huge
success” in establishing yet another bridge between the hungry international
market for UK breeding stock and suppliers of a wide range of quality British
“Cheques were being signed at Expo itself and there could be no doubt that
the 42 delegates selected as a result of previous visits to stock exhibitions
attended by the NBA and IATC in Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany and France had
come over to buy cattle and shown themselves to be active and enthusiastic purchasers,” she
The visitors, whose stay in Britain was sponsored by IATC, the MLC and EBLEX,
were from Portugal, Poland, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Belgium, France,
the Czech Republic, Australia, Nigeria, Kenya, Turkey and Denmark.
“Representatives from other EU countries were tending to concentrate on
cattle while the more distant visitors were focussed mainly on semen and embryos,” said
“Arrangements were made either through breed society representatives, breeders
themselves, or dedicated export agents and besides Beef Expo itself there were
fringe visits both before and after the event to breeder’s farms to guide
their shopping trip.”
Polish orders taken at the Expo included ten Simmental bulls and females, three
Hereford bulls, 120 Limousin heifers and two bulls (with a further 40 to follow),
27 Charolais females, 15 Blonde females, 30 Highland bulls, one South Devon bull
and 80 Holstein Friesian females.
Other orders and enquires included 24 Angus females to Belgium, 20 Angus females
to Denmark, 1000 Holstein Friesian females for Turkey and Charolais and Blonde
bulls for Germany.
“And on top of this moves were being made at Beef Expo to buy Gelbvieh
genetics for Kenya,” said Ms Haywood.
“The NBA is very pleased with the results springing from the dating agency
role it has undertaken to match buyers with sellers and it was notable that at
the International Dinner hosted by the Association on the eve of the event delegates
from both Poland and Germany made clear that the UK was the first port of call
on their re-stocking trips because of the quality of stock on offer.”
“The groundwork covered by the NBA and IATC during trips to international
exhibitions is producing good results and the cattle sold will be transported
through the NBA’s cross-Channel link with P&O Ferries.”
“Now that connections have been made, and momentum established, more breed
societies will be able to offer more buyers help with health and movement regulations
and it will not be long before purchaser demands for more knowledge on feeding
and disease management for these high value animals will be satisfied too,” she
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