Beef farmers wishing to get on top of costs as feed, fuel and fertiliser prices rocket will be able to get help at this year’s Beef Expo event in Newark.
Latest costings from EBLEX, QMS and HCC all show that most beef farmers are struggling to make ends meet. So this year the event is focusing on productivity to try and help beef farmers run an efficient and more profitable farming business.
Visitors will be able to learn about the latest developments in genetics, nutrition and husbandry as well as having access to a wide range of trade stands and demonstrations, says event chairman Rachel Gascoine. “The event will be a one-stop shop for everything beef farmers need to know to help make their businesses more profitable long in to the future.”
Efficient feeding will be a major focus in the seminars with talks about alternative feed options and the gains to be made by improving feed conversion efficiency. Cattle health will also come under the spotlight with liver fluke and emerging disease psoroptic mange also up for discussion.
Farmers will also have their chance to put their questions to a panel including DEFRA’s Food and Agriculture Minister Jim Paice; farmer and broadcaster Adam Henson; Nick Allen chief executive of EBLEX; Chris Dodds of Livestock Auctioneers Association and Marcus O’Sullivan of JBS.
Asides from the seminar the event will also play host to the National Spring Spectacular Show with unhaltered and haltered prime cattle up for judgement and a prize pot of £8,000 across the two days.
And farmers will be also have the chance of visiting two contrasting beef farms before the main event
Lifting the lid on his large-scale commercial finishing enterprise will be North Muskham farmer James Burnett.
Mr Burnett, who farms in partnership with his brother John, finishes more than 5,000 head of cattle a year in an intensive system with rations based on vegetable by-products sourced from a number of local manufacturers.
The second of the two farms to be visited by delegates is the pedigree Limousin operation of Roger, Susan, James and Duncan Hazard, at Grantham, Lincolnshire.
The Hazards’ 150-cow Mereside Limousin herd is one of the largest pedigree beef herds in the UK and was established in 1983.