Farm Tours & Dinner
NBA Farm Tours - A British Beef Industry Insight
The National Beef Association have announced the farms that will be hosting their prestigious Beef Expo farm tours on the 17th May.
They include a diverse selection of beef farms all championing efficiencies in their relative sectors and showcasing the very best of British beef production.
Roger Elliott and his son Tom will be showcasing their herd of 300 British Shorthorn, South Devon and cross bred cattle, demonstrating how their system optimises forage from 1350 acres of majority rented pasture to produce quality native bred stores and replacement heifers. Visitors will also have the chance to view a selection of cattle and calves at grass before tucking into a hot beef lunch provided by the Elliott’s own butchers shop and deli.
Mike, Jane and Charlie Wills of Upper Coton Farms will be opening the gates to their immaculate finishing unit. A model arable and AFU, finishing 1300 head of high conformation Limousine type stores on home mixed TMR rations. All stores are bought from markets across the country and sold weekly though the market in Selby. Mikes eye for quality cattle combined with Jane and Charlies attention to detail and numbers makes for a fantastic team producing consistent top quality cattle.
Finally, John Bell of Berryfields Farm and Berrystock Feeds will be promoting the benefits of an integrated beef supply chain. While walking around this impressive 2000 head finishing unit, visitors will be able to view a complete supply chain taking dairy bred calves supplied by Meadow Quality, feeding specialised UFAS accredited feeds produced by Berrystock feeds, to produce uniform finished cattle ready to be sold direct to Dunbia supplying both the Co-op and Llidl. A modern and efficient system which embraces cooperation to produce a uniform product to feed the masses.
Chris Mallon, Chief Executive of the NBA said “We are delighted to be able to provide such a variety of farms this year, giving a snapshot of the variety of systems which exist within our industry. We hope the tours act as a knowledge sharing exercise, allowing farmers to view new ideas in practise, some of which they can take home and apply within their own businesses. We would like to extend our thanks to the farm tour hosts for agreeing to allow the NBA access to their operations.”
Tickets for the farm tours are priced at £30 per person and include all transport and a hot beef lunch.
A combined ticket for the Farm Tours and 2017 NBA Beef Expo for NBA members is £35, and for non-NBA members is £40.
Bookings can be made online, under the visitor section, or by contacting the NBA Head Office on 01434 601005.
NBA Beef Expo - Beef Industry Dinner
The NBA Beef Expo - Beef Industry Dinner will be held on the evening of the 17th May in the Warwick Hall at Stoneleigh Park.
This is a sit-down three course dinner with the best of British beef. A perfect opportunity to network with people in the beef sector.
This year the after dinner speaker will be Peter Slack, a Derbyshire Dairy Farmer and Witty After-Dinner Speaker.
Peter is a 3rd generation hill farmer in the beautiful Peak District National Park. He farms dairy cattle and sheep with the help of his wife Sylvia, children Matthew, Lydia and Samuel, and his Border Collie Meg – It’s a typical family hill farm.
With Peter’s sharp observational humour and his ability to paint word pictures, he is able to bring the countryside and it’s characters hilariously to life.
Although not a celebrity after dinner speaker, his ability to interest and entertain an audience may make Peter Slack one of the best after-dinner speakers you’ve never heard of!