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Beef Expo 2013 Offers Diverse Range of Stimulating Farm Tours

A truly diverse range of farms will host the farm tours for Beef Expo 2013, with the three featured farms holding something of interest for everyone involved in the beef industry.

Covering a mix of commercial and pedigree cattle production and including both native and Continental breeds the farm tours will truly embrace the theme of Beef Expo 2013 and will be an inspirational 'Festival of British Beef'.

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The farm tours take place on Wednesday 22 May, ahead of this year’s Beef Expo at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, on Thursday 23 May.

Showcasing the best of pedigree breeding in both pedigree Charolais and Aberdeen-Angus cattle will be the Price family, Staunton-on-Wye.

The Price family moved to Oakchurch Farm in 1970, growing soft fruit and finishing cattle. In 1974 a pedigree Charolais herd was established, but this was later dispersed as the soft fruit business grew.

In 2002 an Aberdeen-Angus herd, managed by Jeremy Price, was established with the aim of breeding a small nucleus herd and selling top end stock. Over the years the Angus herd has enjoyed a high level of success culminating in Oakchurch Diplomat securing the overall championship at the Aberdeen-Angus national show in 2012.

The Oakchurch Charolais herd was founded with purchases from the Mowbraypark herd, with these foundation animals then supplemented with purchases from the Blelack and Goldies herds.

Oakchurch Farm is also home to a highly successful farm shop and supplies soft fruit, including strawberries, raspberries and cherries to a number of major retailers.

Following that delegates will visit the Davies family's commercial suckler herd and finishing enterprise at Clifford, Hay-on-Wye. Managed by Tom Davies and run on a day to day basis by stockman Philip Price, the 230 cow suckler herd is made up of largely Limousin cross cows which are put to Charolais, Aberdeen-Angus, British Blue and Limousin bulls.

All progeny are finished on the farm or retained as herd replacements with additional bought in store cattle bringing the total finishing numbers to close to 300 head/year. All finished stock are sold deadweight to ABP, with the finishing ration making use of homegrown cereals and forage, include maize silage and feed wheat.

The final farm to feature in the farm tours is the Lewis family, Dilwyn, Hereford. A family unit managed by Edward Lewis the farm is famous for its Haven herd of Hereford cattle which has been on the farm since 1888 and was originally founded by the Lewis family in 1822 at Shobden.

The current day herd numbers some 60 breeding cows and has seen cattle exported to more than 26 countries worldwide as well as numerous cattle sold as foundation stock for new herds in the UK.

Alongside the cattle enterprise the Lewis family also produce hops, cider and cereal crops, with cider fruit being the principle enterprise, covering some 150 acres of the farm.

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