NBA Beef Expo 2019 heading to the North!

5th September 2018

The National Beef Association has announced their renowned Beef Expo will be held on Thursday 23rd May 2019 at North West Auctions, J36 Rural Auction Centre, Kendal.   The National Beef Association, a member led charity who represent beef farmers in government organise the event annually, in different regions, to bring together farmers, exhibitors, agricultural companies and interested members of the public to network, do business and share knowledge. 

Over the years the NBA Beef Expo has become a highlight in the beef farming calendar. Representing all the industry has to offer in terms of new developments, breeding expertise and celebrating the work of all beef farmers across the UK regardless of breed or method. The event attracts experts and industry leaders looking to educate both the farming community and the public, encouraging respect and innovation from all corners of the market. 

The Beef Expo is considered a major showcase for pedigree and commercial breed societies which want to promote the quality of their cattle. Thanks to this, the event displays some of the finest examples of British breeding anywhere in the UK.  Over 20 breed society displays will showcase the pedigree sectors advances in genetics and the National Commercial Cattle Show (NCCS) will, as always, be kicking of the showing season with the ultimate podium for breeders from across the UK to showcase their stock and compete for their share of over £6,000 prize money.  This year renowned show judges Gavin Scott and Tudur Edwards, both of whom are experienced judges and top commercial cattle breeders, will have the difficult task of selecting prize winners. 

NCCS organiser Julie Sedgewick said “we are really looking forward to this year’s event at NW Auctions and welcoming the best of show cattle from across the country.  We are expecting a record number of entries this year, with the event being held in such a prime location”.

Entries are now open for the NCCS, please visit or contact [email protected] for more information.

The Beef Expo, for the fourth year running, will also host the South Devon Herd Book Society Performance Championships in which performance recording breeders from across the country are invited to compete.  This technical event is a showcase for Breedplan performance recording South Devon herds, to highlight the importance of Estimated Breeding Values as a tool for breeding selection.  Each class will be judged on inspection of the animals, and on their performance (Quality Beef Index for each bull and Suckler Replacement Index for each female) and will be placed accordingly. From these winners will be selected the Male, Female and Breed Champions.

The show, which is the largest technical beef event in the UK, will encompass the entirety of the beef industry with over 120 indoor and outdoor trade stands and demonstrations, covering nutrition, genetics, machinery and technologies, highlighting the strength and progression of the industry. 

Industry seminars and workshops will be held throughout the day, discussing policy, health, future proofing, profitability and sustainability.  With high profile, industry specialists taking to the stage, the seminar timetable is set to be a must see.

Event organiser Katie Pearson said “We are delighted to be able to host our event at NW Auctions this year, the state-of-the-art mart facilities are superb and a perfect back drop to what is set to be one of our largest Beef Expo’s to date”

Visitors will be invited to join the NBA for a day of Beef Expo farm tours on Wednesday 22nd May, giving guests the opportunity to view exceptional beef farms hand-picked from across the region. This forum for knowledge exchange has sold out four years running and is not to be missed - early booking is highly recommended!  Coaches will depart from NW Auctions at 9:00am on the 22nd May, taking visitors around the selected farms, the day will also include a hot beef lunch!

The farm tours will be followed by the prestigious Beef Expo Industry Dinner, which this year will be held at the Castle Green Hotel – this has become known as the ultimate networking event for those within the industry.  A drinks reception, three course dinner, after dinner speaker and charity raffle make it an evening not to be missed!

Online applications are now open for trade stands, breed societies, cattle exhibitors and visitors wishing to attend the event. Please visit, to make your booking or email [email protected].