2015-05-22   facebook twitter rss

Sooty Sweeps the Board at the 2015 NBA Beef Expo

With the Theme of “Meeting the Changing Lifestyle of Today’s Consumer” the Beef Industry’s annual showcase has been another triumph.

Held at the York Auction Centre, 2015’s NBA Beef Expo had its view firmly fixed on the future. Its theme was focused on technology and its power to improve day-to-day farming, together with the changing needs of modern consumers and what they want from the marketplace.

Champion Presentation with Adam Henson

Champion Presentation with Adam Henson

The event started on Wednesday with over 250 attending the farm tours. The sun shone and farmers from across the length and breadth of the country really were given a detailed insight into the farming practices of three of our best farms. Thanks to the excellent weather, all enjoyed views for 60 miles around.

No Expo is complete without pride in excellence, and the nation’s champion beef was showcased by pedigree and commercial livestock breeders. In addition, there were demonstrations, commercial trade stands, and the younger generation – ably waiting to take the industry forward to the future.

Taking place in York for the first time ever, Beef Expo featured over 380 head of cattle, 19 breed societies, 170 trade stands and in the region of 7000 visitors (including a party of 50 farmers from Northern Ireland) - all keen to get together to admire the winners and talk over latest developments in genetics, breeding, nutrition and the industry’s latest technical inventions.

However without a doubt the highlight of the day and the perfect conclusion to this major event was the announcement of the overall Supreme Champion of The National Spring Spectacular Show [the NSSS]. This was Sooty, a Limousin Cross Heifer, bred by Bowen and Bowen and owned by Welsh farmers Rhidian and Cai Edwards [T C Edwards & Sons]. Reserve Supreme Champion was Midnight Black, a Limousin cross steer, owned and bred by TA & LC Lyon & Sons.

On receiving his trophy, Cai said: “We are over the moon to win. When we first saw Sooty she just stood out as calf, and had great width at the top and it really caught my eye.”

The £5,000 prize-funded NSSS continues to grow from strength to strength with entry numbers in the 15 classes featuring 152 head of cattle. The judges were leading Scottish Beef Breeders from Perthshire, Wilson Peters and Craig Robertson.

Wilson, who judged the Native and Continental Classes, and Supreme Champion, commenting afterwards on the strength of the entries said: “It is a tremendous show – the overall champion was so correct with a beautiful top and bottom line, and just the sort of animal the butcher wants to buy.”

The Baby Beef Classes judged by Craig Robertson also attracted entries from across the UK with the overall Baby Beef Champion being awarded to Black Beauty, a Limousin Cross Heifer owned and bred by Tecwyn Jones.

Discussing the day’s successes, NBA Beef Expo 2015 Chairman Richard Tasker and Director of York Auction Centre said: “NBA Beef Expo is without a doubt the best opportunity of the year for people in the industry at all levels to network, meet potential new customers and take home new ideas that can help to add to the bottom line.”

Throughout the day One of Britain’s most famous farmers, Adam Henson, judged the breed society stands, and was on hand, meeting visitors, discussing issues, and presenting awards.

As always the next generation were well represented, and encouraged to participate in competitions. The Young Handler Classes 12-16 years old went to Ellin Wyn Roberts, showing Eye Style and the winner of the Young Handler Classes 17-21 years old was awarded to Hannah Donaldson showing Hoity Toity.

This year’s event also saw the launch of The Future Beef Farmer Challenge, set and sponsored by EBLEX, the Charolais Cattle Society, XL Vets and Thompsons of York. The individual winner receiving the Frank Momber Perpetual Trophy was James Bonnar, from Northampton, aged 25, who works on his family’s beef and arable farm. The group prize and the Duke of Northumberland Trophy went to Askham Agrics, 4 Girl Students from Askham Bryan College – sisters, Emily and Amanda Watson from Durham, Becky Green from Derbyshire and Nicola Terry from Ripon. Organiser of the Challenge, Steve Dunkley from EBLEX said, “This competition showed the tremendous ability of the youngest generation and their strengths in the industry.”

Also featuring for the first time was the focus on understanding what people want when they go to their local butcher or supermarket. “Meeting the Changing Lifestyle of Today’s Consumer” focused on a special ASDA presentation designed to get beef farmers in touch with customer demands. Included were a Leeds College butchery competition and a cookery demonstration from Steph Moon, the celebrity Yorkshire chef, who demonstrated that beef can be made into an amazing summer supper in 30 minutes, using simple popular cuts.

The benefits of Technology were clearly demonstrated in three seminars. This is much more useable and affordable now than it has been in the past, and the focus was to make more farmers aware of what it can do for them. Mike Powley, who chaired the three seminars said:

“They were exceptionally well attended and a high level of interest was shown, in particular in the VIA and EID seminars. The aim was to demonstrate the technical side of beef farming and how it can help farmers going forward. Farmers need to be more aware that to be more efficient they need to have more animals, and less manpower, especially as they can no longer rely on subsidies. Hopefully through these seminars we demonstrated that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”

“I would like to thank all of the speakers for their time and expertise, and sharing this with farmers the length and breadth of the country.”

Farming has its light hearted moments and these were represented at Beef Expo 2015 by The Auctioneers’ Handler Challenge – the competition was designed to see if Britain’s top Auctioneers can show as well as sell! Judged by Charles Mills, Show Director of the Great Yorkshire Show, the inaugural challenge was won by Trevor Simpson, of Hexham & Northern Marts, who said afterwards “I have never done this before in my life, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole process and I will be happy to do it again!”

Best Breed Society Stand was awarded to the Beef Shorthorn Society, who just pipped to the post the Hereford Cattle Society which was awarded highly commended. The British Charolais Cattle Society received Commended and The Best Small Breed Society Stand was the South Devons.

The breed Society Stands were judged by Adam Henson who commented afterwards: “We judged them on a number of criteria, impact, the stock on the stand, overall presentation of the stand, messages and availability of follow up information.

“The good stands were very good, however some demonstrated room for improvement. Breed societies need to learn from one another, and step into the professional world together.”

In the indoors trade stands, Carrs Billington Agriculture was the overall winner, Dow Agrosciences Ltd were Highly Commended, and Northern Nutrition received Commended. R.A.B.I received Best Small Stand. The Best Small Stand was awarded to RABI.

There was a large number of outdoor trade stands and L M Bateman, suppliers of cattle handing equipment, picked up the Best Outdoor Trade Stand for their “Attention to detail, customer welcome and product knowledge.”

Highly Commended went to 3 in 1 Advantage Feeders, and Huntsmoor Park Farm received Commended.

Chris Mallon, Chief Executive of the NBA said: “Coming to York has been a great success - the farms tours demonstrated the diversity of beef farming in this area and that this is a tremendous cattle breeding county. Today’s event, Beef Expo, is full of and practical activities designed to give beef farmers the opportunity to future-proof their businesses so I am sure that many have taken away with them some very useful information and advice.”

The presentations included Foot Trimming and Pneumonia prevention held by Phil Alcock of Bishopton Veterinary Group. Demonstrations of grassland management machinery and cattle feeding systems were held by Ripon Farm Services throughout the day.

Concluding, Richard Tasker, Event Chairman, said: “The huge crowds that have come to Yorkshire and the York Auction Centre, have had a superb day. We are all grateful to the support of the many volunteers, and event and competition sponsors. This year’s mainline sponsors included York Auction Centre, Caltech-Crystalyx, Dunbia, Eblex, Lloyds Bank and Farmers Guardian as our media partner, and we thank them all.”

“This was not just a huge event for the National Beef Association, but also for Yorkshire as a county, and for us at the York Auction Centre.”

PLACE NO EXHIBITOR NAME
CLASS 1 NATIVE HEIFER
1 4 Mr & Mrs G Woollatt - highest exhibitor bred Starburst
2 3 Frank Page Miss Trouble
3 2 James Glaves Ayton Erotica
4 1 D & A Blockley Southfield Nymph
CLASS 2 - NATIVE STEER
1 8 P & E B Robson - highest exhibitor bred Diesel
2 6 D & A Blockley Diesel
3 10 Mr & Mrs G Woollatt Leonard
Champion Native no 8, reserve Native no 4
CLASS 3 - OTHER CONTINENTAL STEER
1 14 Turnbull Family Hired Gun
2 13 A Scarborough Bonfire
3 11 S I & LJ Evans - highest exhibitor bred The Grand Canyon
CLASS 4A - BRITISH BLUE SIRED STEER
1 23 N E Slack - highest exhibitor bred Dodging Bullets
2 20 Marwood & Wilkinson Vin Diesel
3 19 J L Marks Nobby
4 51 Callum Bailey Shuff
CLASS 4B - BRITISH BLUE STEER
1 22 JM & SM Priestley - highest exhibitor bred Rock On
2 17 Mike Dickens & Family Diesel
3 18 TA & LA Lyon & Son Carney
4 21 Mudd & Bentley Badger
CLASS 5A- LIMOUSIN SIRED STEER
1 53 T C Edwards & Sons Un Bach
2 33 R Miller Red Adair
3 28 Robyn P Jones -highest exhibitor bred Llanfair Jewel
4 37 G & J A Sedgewick Black Hawk
5 24 Callum Bailey Ollie
34 J Paterson & Son Sam's The Man
39 Turnbull Family The Gambler
CLASS 5B- LIMOUSIN SIRED STEER
1 32 TA & LC Lyon & Son - highest exhibitor bred Midnight Black
2 27 R Alun Elias Sky Walker
3 30 Mike & Bob Kingston Sole Power
4 25 Paul Brannen Moorsley
5 41 Mr & Mrs G Woollatt McVitie
35 J Paterson & Son The Minion
CLASS 6 - STEER UNDER £1400
1 47 S & K O'Kane Sam
2 43 Miss L Brookes The Crafty Codger
3 42 Barker & Johnston Rocky
4 49 CG & AJ Sutcliffe Captain Mannering
5 48 Gwanwyn Rowlands Rolant Coch
Champion Continental steer 32, Reserve continental 53
CLASS 7A - BABY STEER
1 63 John Williams Mad Max
2 54 Matthew Jones - highest exhibitor bred The Dazzler
3 58 J L Marks Tonto
4 57 TA & LC Lyon & Son Radar
5 56 Mike & Bob Kingston R2-D2
CLASS 7B - BABY STEER
1 60 P & S Sellers Rambo
2 61 N E Slack - highest exhibitor bred The Real McCoy
3 50 G & JE Bell Max
4 52 Mike Dickens & Family Black Jack
CLASS 8A - BABY HEIFER
1 74 JB & FK Jones Strawberry Split
2 85 P & S Sellers Miss Chance
3 66 Miss L Brookes Flashy Lassey
4 68 T C Edwards & Sons - highest exhibitor bred Kardashian
5 84 P & S Sellers Top Notch
79 JM & SM Priestley Wild Card
90 D Thompson
94 Beth & Luke Wilkinson Milkshake
65 Thor Atkinson Smarty Pants
CLASS 8B - BABY HEIFER
1 75 Tecwyn Jones - highest exhibitor bred Black Beauty
2 82 P & EB Robson Sassy Lassy
3 78 S & K O'Kane Angel
4 70 S J Harryman Double Trouble
5 73 G & E Jones Rumour Has It
91 D S Townend JoJo
92 John Williams Lavish Alice
83 Gwanwyn Rowlands Ela Lois
69 R Alun Elias Amber
71 M Harryman & S Warriner Miss Style
CLASS 9 - ANY OTHER BREED HEIFER
1 96 Mrs P Dale - highest placed Charolais Heifer Skirpenbeck Flyer
2 98 JM & SM Priestley #Hashtag
3 95 Barker & Johnston Fancy Nancy
4 97 Harryman & Warriner She's a Diamond
CLASS 10A - BRITISH BLUE SIRED HEIFER
1 106 TA & LC Lyon & Son - highest exhibitor bred Peppermint
2 93 Beth & Luke Wilkinson Millie
3 103 Hannah Donaldson Hoity Toity
4 112 D S Townend Jubilee
5 105 S & NV Jowett & Family Sweet Caroline
CLASS 10B - BRITISH BLUE SIRED HEIFER
1 108 S & K O'Kane Sparky
2 104 S J Harryman Bonny
3 113 J & R Waind Bob Marley
4 102 G C Brown Bees Imogen
5 101 G & J E Bell - highest exhibitor bred Lola
99 R Atkinson Bronte II
CLASS 11A - LIMOUSIN SIRED HEIFER
1 130 Tecwyn Jones Brenmick Joy
2 135 Frank Page - highest exhibitor bred French Kiss
3 125 M Harryman & S Warriner Red Hot Honey
4 86 P & S Sellers Here Comes Trouble
5 133 J L Marks Annie Power
139 Owain Roberts Eye Style
87 P & S Sellers Eyecatcher
CLASS 11B - LIMOUSIN SIRED HEIFER
1 89 N E Slack - highest exhibitor bred Elsa
2 88 P & S Sellers Tickety Boo
3 116 Thor Atkinson Shamrock Ambassador
4 137 Miss SL Priestley Hot To Trot
5 76 Mudd & Bentley Strawberry Daiquiri
115 Thor Atkinson Miss Moggs
120 Mike Dickens & Family Tea For Two
CLASS 11C - LIMOUSIN SIRED HEIFER
1 121 T C Edwards & Sons Sooty
2 141 G & J A Sedgewick - highest exhibitor bred Priceless
3 143 Beth & Luke Wilkinson Hightown JoJo
4 140 P & EB Robson Juicey
5 122 R Alun Elias She's a Peach
118 Messrs Dent Ella Eyre
131 TA & LC Lyon & Son Granite
119 Messrs Dent Poppy
CLASS 11 D - LIMOUSIN SIRED HEIFER
1 132 S & K O'Kane Tootsie
2 126 M Harryman & S Warriner Chanel
3 117 Miss L Brookes Too Cool To Fool
4 136 JM & SM Priestley Daddys Girl
5 129 G & E Jones - highest exhibitor bred Eye Candy
123 D Hall Table Top
124 S J Harryman Keskadale Hazel
CLASS 12 - HEIFER UNDER £1400
1 145 Mike Dickens & Family Our Decision
4 148 D S Townend Miss Mac
3 147 J L Marks Skippy
5 149 J & R Waind Poppy
2 144 J H Craggs Tutti Fruiti
CLASS 13 - 12-16YRS HANDLER
1 156 Ellin Wyn Roberts Eye Style
2 157 Beth Wilkinson Millie
3 153 Joshua Jack
4 154 Alicia Legg Wendys Revenge
5 152 Fiona Jowett Sweet Caroline
150 Harry Blockley Southfield
155 Harris Priestley Southfield Nymph
CLASS 14 - 17-21 YRS HANDLER
1 160 Hannah Donaldson Hoity Toity
2 158 Lucy Corner
3 161 Cai Edwards Un Bach
4 165 Kerry Scott Ella Eyre
5 162 Sioned Elias She's a Peach
159 Clare Dent Poppy
163 Llyr Wyn Jones Black Beauty
164 Kerry Scott Hot To Trot
CLASS 15 - AUCTIONEERS CHALLENGE
1st 169 Trevor Simpson, Hexham & Northern Black Hawk
5th 166 David Fearon, Harrison & Hetherington Ella Eyre
3rd 167 Ted Ogden, CCM Auctions Tootsie
2nd 168 Jimmy Fawcett, Leyburn Mart
4th 170 John Walton, Hexham & Northern

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