This year’s Beef Expo 2011 will play host to an expanded National Spring Spectacular Show (NSSS), with unhaltered prime cattle classes joining the usual haltered classes.


These additional unhaltered classes will take place at Newark Livestock Market on Wednesday 25 May, the same day the Beef Expo 2011 farm tours will visit two local beef units.

The haltered classes will be staged at Beef Expo 2011 at the Nottinghamshire and Newark Showground on Thursday 26 May, with a prize pot in excess of £8000 on offer across the two days.

The new classes are designed to recognise the high-quality cattle produced week in, week out by commercial producers across the UK, explained Newark Livestock Market auctioneer and NSSS chief steward, Paul Gentry.

“There will be unhaltered classes for single steers, single heifers, single prime bulls and single barren cows, with no weight limit in any of the classes and an overall championship awarded.

“These cattle will then be offered for sale in our weekly prime beef sale, offering exhibitors the chance to trade at the UK’s leading prime beef centre.”

Classes on the Thursday will be split according to weight and breed, with sections for prime steers and heifers and also baby beef classes, explained Mr Gentry.

Judge for both the unhaltered classes on the Wednesday and the haltered classes on the Thursday will be well-known Cumbrian beef producer, Keith Harryman, Keswick.

Entries for the National Spring Spectacular Show close on Friday 8 April and schedules for the unhaltered classes are available from Newark Livestock Market, tel 01636 676 741, fax 01636 611 190 or email enquiries@newarklivestocksales.co.uk, while schedules for the haltered classes are available from Euan Emslie, tel 01430 441 870, fax 01430 448432 or email euan@nationalbeefassociation.com