Beef Expo to investigate post-Brexit supply chain solutions

The National Beef Association (NBA) will use its Beef Expo event to investigate how the industry can make supply chains more economically viable, integrated and transparent after the UK leaves the EU.

Visitors to the event on Friday 25 May at Halls Auction Mart, Shrewsbury will be invited to technical seminars covering cattle health, post-Brexit regulations and organics.

More than 20 breed society displays will showcase the pedigree sector’s advances in genetics while the National Commercial Cattle Show will kick off the showing season with breeders from across the UK competing for their share of a prize pot of about £6,000.

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The South Devons’ will again hold its technical performance championships after the success of its debut at Stoneleigh last year. The competition judges cattle on performance figures and inspection with entries from herds that are Breedplan performance recorded.

The Midlands NBA committee will also be running a beef farmer competition, open to all. It involves a one-hour challenge putting beef farmers knowledge to the test with the chance to win a variety of prizes, including a plate meter worth £400. The challenge will test farmers on carcass evaluation, health, genetics, conformation and much more.

Visitor tickets for show day will be £10 prior to the event or £15 on the day. NBA members can apply for a free ticket by emailing katie@nationalbeefassociation.com.

For more information and to buy tickets visit the Beef Expo website.

Farm tours

Beef Expo farm tours will take place the day before the event on Thursday 24 May, giving guests the opportunity to view three exceptional beef farms hand-picked from across Shropshire and the Welsh Borders.

Farm one The first farm tour is at James Evans’ Partridge Farm. The farm spans just over 800ha and is home to his 300 Stabiliser performance-recorded suckler cows and 1,000 Lleyn ewes. The sucklers are split into two units, a 180-cow spring-calving herd and a 120-cow autumn-calving herd, both producing quality maternal high health status breeding stock and bulls finished in a semi-intensive system.

Farm two Trefnant Hall farm is the second farm tour. A 202ha tenanted farm on the Powis Estate, run by Marc Jones in partnership with his parents David and Jane. The farm runs 800 Lleyn and Romney ewes which lamb outside and 300 Angus and Hereford calves which are reared on grass and outwintered on forage crops through to 20-24 months at about 250-320kg deadweight. A further 450 calves a year are contract reared. The farm now aims to produce 1t of liveweight a hectare and profit is three times the basic payment.

Farm three Jonny Cornes is the final farmer to welcome visitors to his exemplary mixed farm just outside Shrewsbury. Here, he finishes about 1,800 store cattle and 15,000 store lambs. Cattle are bought in from local markets, vaccinated on arrival, housed in straw yards and fed on home grown grain and forage. Muck is then used on the 405ha of arable ground.

Tours will be followed by a three-course dinner at the Netley Hall Estate in Shropshire.

Farm tour tickets are £30 for National Beef Association (NBA) member, £36 for non-members and include all transport and a hot lunch on farm.

Dinner ticket prices are £48 for NBA members and £54 for non-members.  

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