April 9 is the closing date for entries for the National Spring Spectacular Show of beef cattle to be held as part of the UK’s national beef event, Beef Expo 2010, at Hexham Auction Mart on Thursday, May 27.
Lloyds TSB Agriculture has been confirmed for the third year running as major sponsor of the event which is organised by the National Beef Association.
The National Spring Spectacular Show is open to commercial beef cattle by both continental and native breed sires with a total prize pool of over £5000. The 20 classes, to be judged by Archie MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth, Glasgow, will include sections for baby calves up to 425kg (steers) and 400kg (heifers) and steers and heifers by native breed, Limousin, British Blue, Charolais and other continental breed sires.
The championship awards, sponsored by Crystalyx, will include a top prize of £500 for the supreme champion and £250 for the reserve and £200 each for the baby beef, steer and heifer champions. Class prize money will start at £50 for first prize down to £5 for sixth place.
In addition, two classes for young handlers – 16 years of age and under and 17 to 21 years of age – will be judged by Mr MacGregor’s wife, Libby.
“The show at last year’s Beef Expo was a great success and is now well established as a major annual event for the beef cattle industry and a popular added attraction for Beef Expo,” said organiser, Euan Emslie.
Cattle entered for the show are required to be delivered to Hexham Auction Mart between 10.00am and 4.00pm on Wednesday, May 26. Judging will commence at 9.00am the following morning.
The entry fee for NBA members is £10 + VAT and for non-members £20 + VAT.
Entry forms are available from the show coordinator, Mrs Julie Sedgewick, Binchester Hall Farm, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, DL14 8DJ. Tel: 01388 609322. Mob: 07836 773888. Closing date for the receipt of entries is Friday, April 9.
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