New date confirmed for the Beef Expo 2022

10th August 2021


Largest technical beef event in the UK to take place at Darlington Farmers Auction Market’s new state-of-the-art centre in 2022, after two-year break due to pandemic.

The 2022 NBA Beef Expo will return to the farming calendar on Saturday 28th May 2022, taking a new weekend format in a bid to make the event more accessible to visitors.

Bringing together the very best in British commercial and pedigree cattle, equipment, ground-breaking developments and show classes for everyone involved in the industry, NBA Beef Expo is a celebration and exploration of everything British Beef has to offer.

“The NBA is delighted to be able to hold its flagship event at the new auction, business and conference centre, and we’re delighted to be face-to-face with key industry organisations, businesses, producers and NBA members after a two-year hiatus,” explains NBA Chief Executive Neil Shand. “We hope the Saturday event, due to working around busy market days, will mean more visitors will be able to attend and benefit from the event.”

Scott Ferrie, Head of Primestock Sales at Darlington Farmers Auction Market, adds, “The whole team is excited to welcome Beef Expo to Darlington Farmers Auction Mart.”

“The event in 2022 will be made even more special because, due to Covid -19, the brand new facilities did not get the opening ceremony we hoped for. Beef Expo will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase Humbleton Park to the beef industry and we ensure a terrific North East welcome to each and all.”

Drawing in 5,000 beef farmers annually, the NBA Beef Expo is considered a major showcase for pedigree and commercial breed societies who want to promote the quality of their cattle. The event will also host the National Commercial Cattle Show and the South Devon Performance Championships, the judges for which will be announced soon.

The 2022 event will also explore the importance of the livestock marts both for trade and for wider rural communities. Farmers, exhibitors, agricultural organisations and members of the public use the annual event to network, do business and share knowledge. A full seminar programme and working machinery demonstrations will be announced soon, as well as the farm tour locations.

Mr Shand adds, “We already have 61 stands committed to the event for next year, and are looking forward to welcoming many more. The seminar schedule this year will focus on industry sustainability and animal health and welfare, with a number of guest speakers.”

The Expo event follows the renowned NBA farm tours, which will take place the day before, on Friday 27th May on two local members’ farms. The usual Beef Industry Dinner will this year be replaced by an on-site evening event, open to all event exhibitors on the Friday evening, to improve the logistics of setting up for the main event.

Visitor tickets will become available in the new year; visitors are encouraged to book online where the advance price remains at £10. Children under 16 can attend the event for free, and student tickets will also be available on the gate.  

Exhibitor trade stands and Breed Society bookings are now available via the Beef Expo website at www.nationalbeefassociation/beef-expo/. Sponsorship opportunities and trade stand information is available by contacting Julie Holmes on 07393 463225 or [email protected].