Bigger and better than ever was the verdict on the National Beef
Association’s annual national beef event, Beef Expo 2007, held
last Thursday (May 17) at Skipton Auction Mart, Yorkshire.
The event attracted an estimated 6000 beef producers from throughout
the UK and Ireland, plus around 100 overseas visitors.
Almost £500,000 of export business for British pedigree
beef cattle was generated on the day with more to follow.
“It has been a fabulous event for the beef industry and
has attracted a record attendance of beef farmers anxious to see
what the future holds for them,” said Jim Bloom, Decoy Farm,
Scorborough, Driffield, who chaired the organising committee.
“Trade stands were doing real business and the various practical
demonstrations and seminars held throughout the day were well attended.”
Mr Bloom said most exhibitors had bought into the “Action
for Profit” theme of the event and he hoped beef producers
would have gone home with a clearer understanding of how production
costs could be trimmed and value added to their product by better
marketing and meeting the market spec.
“The whole object of the day was to help producers improve
the profitability and sustainability of their farming businesses,” he
Mr Bloom said beef producers faced difficult times in the immediate
future but he was confident better times would lie ahead as food
shortages began to bite. He was particularly pleased that the conference
held on the afternoon before the event had brought all sectors
of the industry together on one platform as a better dialogue between
everyone in the supply chain was vital for the future of the industry.
The event attracted a record 160 trade stands – 30 more
than last year – as well as 23 beef breed demonstrations.
The award for the best breed society exhibit went to the Limousin
breed with Charolais reserve.
The mainline sponsors were CCM Skipton, who hosted the event at
Skipton Mart, Dugdale Nutrition, Dunbia, EBLEX, Intervet, Keenan,
KW Alternative Feeds, British Limousin Cattle Society and Yara.
Mr Bloom paid tribute to sponsors, trade stand exhibitors, breed
societies and his organising committee whose hard work had ensured
the success of the event.
The National Spectacular Show of suckled calves, held as
part of Beef Expo with Caltech as main sponsor, attracted an entry
of 112 top quality from 42 exhibitors – compared with 72
at the inaugural show last year – and drew warm praise from
the judge, Hugh Dunlop, Holehouse, Ochiltree, Ayrshire, who has
won the supreme championship at the Royal Smithfield Show on no
fewer than three occasions.
“It was a very good show of cattle and an outstanding championship
line-up,” said Mr Dunlop.
Exhibitors were competing for a total of £4000 prize money
in the 10 classes, including a cash prize of £800 for the
supreme champion and £550 for the reserve.
Top award went to Welsh exhibitor, Tecwyn Jones, Ty Newydd Nebo,
Llanrwst, with a 402kg Continental cross heifer, Black Beauty,
and the reserve to the second prize winner in the same class, the
384kg Angel from the Rice family, 2 Church Garth, Carlton Yeadon.
In the Yara open stockjudging competition, the first prize of £400
and the Yara Perpetual Trophy was won by Neville Harrison, Lancashire.
Lancashire also came out top in the Duke of Northumberland young
farmers’ stockjudging competition with the first prize in
the senior section of £500 and Duke of Northumberland Perpetual
Trophy going to Trevor Dobson, and the first prize in the junior
section of £200, sponsored by the British Charolais Cattle
Society, and the Beef Expo Rose Bowl, to Thomas Harrison. Both
winners also receive an all-expenses paid trip to this year’s
Royal Smithfield Fair at Shepton Mallet, courtesy of the Royal
The master judge was Michael Winchester, procurement officer with
meat processors, Woodhead Bros, which is part of the Morrison supermarket
- It was announced that next year’s Beef Expo 2008
will be held at Perth Agricultural Centre at Huntingtower
Park, Perth, courtesy of United Auctions, on May 20 and 21.
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