No fewer than 22 beef breed societies have reserved demonstration
space to promote their breeds and it is anticipated that more
than 300 cattle will be on display.
“This must be the largest display of the different breeds
of beef cattle ever seen in Scotland and will give commercial beef
producers a unique opportunity of assessing the merits of the different
breeds,” said event organiser, Euan Emslie.
“All breeds of commercial significance in the UK will be
represented and will have breed experts on hand to discuss the
particular advantages of their breed for commercial beef production.”
Organised by the National Beef Association, Beef Expo is held at
a different venue each year and attracts thousands of beef farmers
and industry representatives from across the UK and Ireland, as
well as from overseas. The event was last held in Scotland in 2004.
Major sponsor this year is Lloyds TSB Agriculture with the Aberdeen-Angus
Cattle Society, McDonald Restaurants, Quality Meat Scotland, Livestock
Technology Solutions, Schering-Plough/Intervet and United Auctions
as mainline sponsors.
Beef breeds represented will be Aberdeen-Angus, South Devon, Murray
Grey, Luing, Charolais, Limousin, Hereford, Bazadaise, Parthenaise,
Simmental, Stabiliser, Longhorn, Gascon, Salers, Beef Shorthorn,
Lincoln Red, Highland, Whitebred Shorthorn, British Blue, Galloway,
Blonde and Red Poll.
Other features of Beef Expo will include more than 100 trade stands,
technical demonstrations on the value of Estimated Breeding Values
(EBVs), cattle handling and feeder wagons, stockjudging competitions
and comprehensive seminar programme.
On the day before the event (Tuesday, May 20), there will be an
opportunity to visit two leading Perthshire beef farmers followed
by an afternoon conference at Perth Agricultural Centre and pre-event
dinner. Cost for the conference only is £5 + VAT, conference
and dinner £33.19 + VAT and farm tour £12 + VAT (including
coach hire and packed lunch).
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