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Beef Expo 2011 Offers Crucial Opportunity for UK Beef Farmers

This year’s Beef Expo 2011, organised by the National Beef Association with Lloyds TSB Agriculture as major sponsors, to be held at Newark Showground on Thursday 26 May, will offer farmers attending the event the chance to forge a route to profit.

Beef Expo 2010

Beef Expo 2010

As ever, the event will play host to a wide variety of trade stands and demonstrations from across the beef sector all aimed at helping farmers maximise their enterprise profitability.

Beef farmers visiting the event will be able to learn about the latest developments in genetics, nutrition, husbandry, machinery and marketing to help them run an efficient and profitable beef farming business, explains event chairperson Rachel Gascoine, a director or Newark Livestock Market.

“This year’s Beef Expo really will be a one-stop shop for everything beef farmers need to know to help make their businesses profitable for long into the future. With feed, fuel and fertiliser costs all rising, this is a critical time for the beef industry.”

“And, with the significant rises in input costs seen in recent months there has never been a more economically challenging time for beef production.

“The latest costings from EBLEX, QMS and HCC all show that most beef farmers are struggling to make ends meet. Beef Expo 2011 comes at a time when the thirst for knowledge in the sector is at its highest with beef farmers eager to see the latest innovations which could help them on the road to profitability.”

Speaking on behalf of the major sponsor Gareth Oakley, Agriculture Director for Lloyds TSB Agriculture and Bank of Scotland said the event would come at a critical time for many beef businesses. “With a growing population demanding more food the underlying prospects for the beef sector look promising over the long term.

“But other factors such as CAP reform and input costs volatility will undoubtedly impact individual businesses. Against this backdrop it will be important to ensure a business-like approach is taken towards the planning and managing of the farm business - it could make a tangible difference to the profitability of many livestock units in the future.

“Lloyds TSB Agriculture is once again the major sponsor of Beef Expo because we recognise its importance as a source of valuable information and practical advice for those working in the sector. A visit to Newark on May 26 is a must do in the 2011 farming calendar.”

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