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NBA Beef Expo attracts visitors from across Europe

12th May 2016

Region: National

The very best of British beef breeding comes together for top industry event

Next week some of the very best beef cattle in the UK, thousands of British Beef Farmers and an inward trade missions with delegates from across Europe will descend on Bakewell for the British Beef industry’s major event of the year NBA Beef Expo 2016.   

With over, 20 Breed Societies and in the region of 120 commercial and educational trade stands, this annual showcase organised by the National Beef Association (NBA) is being held at the Agricultural Business Centre, home of the Bakewell Mart on Friday 20th May. Alongside this event is “THE STORY OF BRITISH BEEF” a major consumer showcase with livestock, butchery and cookery demonstrations highlighting how consumers can make the most of beef?

Returning to Derbyshire for first time in fifteen years, this year’s focus is firmly set on future proofing the British Beef Industry. Through displays, a showcase competition of 120 head of the UK’s very best beef cattle and a series of seminars, beef farmers and producers will learn how they can modernise production to meet the ever increasing demands of consumers.

Highlights of the event include:

1.    Over 120 trade and exhibition stands.

2.    The National Spring Spectacular Show (NSSS), with exhibitors showing their cattle from the length and breadth of the country, will all be hoping for a share of the £5500.00 prize fund. This includes classes for Native Continental, British Blue, Limousin-sired heifers and steers, baby beef classes, and two young handlers’ classes. 

3.    Seminars on TB issues with Defra vets, and a seminar on BVD with Derbyshire vet, James Russell.

4.    The Future Beef Farmer Challenge, a unique contest aimed at testing the skills, knowledge and abilities of teams, and individual young farmers.

5.    Beef from the Dairy Herd demonstration.

6.    Organic beef demonstration.

British beef is the best in the world with our farmers producing high-welfare, high quality meat, that is fully traceable, the National Beef Association is constantly working hard to engage with farmers and producers to drive the industry forward.

Alistair Sneddon, Managing Partner at Bagshaws and Chairman of the 2016 NBA Beef Expo explains here: “We are delighted to be hosting this year’s Beef Expo, in what is the heart of the Peak District National Park.  We have a fantastic showcase of some of the very best cattle in the country alongside a series of seminars addressing some of the key issues, which British Beef Farmers are currently facing. In addition, many of the dozens of trade stands will be hosting live demonstrations of cattle and equipment.

“Situated as we are in the centre of the town, I very much hope that the community will get behind the event.”

Supported by mainline sponsors; Caltech, Dunbai and AHDB Beef & Lamb, as well as Derybshire Dales DC, Bagshaws and Bakewell Show, this is the biggest beef event in Britain, as Chris Mallon, NBA Chief Executive explains: “Consumers are becoming ever more demanding and savvy about where their food comes from, and this event gives us the  ideal opportunity to show the skills and dedication it takes from all of those involved in the beef industry to deliver good British Beef to consumers, including farmers, butchers and chefs.”

Further detailed information on the event is available from the website Tickets for the event, farm tour and dinner can be booked online or by contacting organiser Euan Emslie Tel: 01430 441870 Email [email protected]


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NBA Beef Expo Programme of Events

Friday 20th May 2016

9.00                        Event at Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell open to the public

9.00 - 10.00         Judging of Best Beef Breed Society, Trade indoor and outdoor stands.

9.00 - 14.00         Future Beef Farmer Challenge Competition (Team’s must enter in advance. Individual competitors can enter on the AHDB Beef & Lamb stand on the day)

9.00 – 1400          Stockjudging Competition open to the public

9.00 - 16.00         National Spring Spectacular Show of cattle judging (Show Ring)

9.00 - 17.00         Trade Stands and Beef Breed Societies stands open to public

9.00 - 17.00         Beef from the Dairy Herd & Organic Beef Demonstrations area open to the public

9.00 – 1700          “Learn the story of British Beef” – Consumer area open to public (Butchery & Cookery Demonstrations at 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2,30pm)

10.15 – 11.15      Seminar – “Thinking of going organic?” (Conference Room)

10.30 – 11.00      Cattle Handling Workshop – Miriam Parker (Sale Ring)

11.30 – 12.30      Seminar – “UK Government Strategy to Eradicate TB in England’ (Conference Room)

12.30 – 13.00      Cattle Handling Workshop – Miriam Parker (Sale Ring)

13.15 – 14.15      Seminar – “National BVD free Strategy for England” (Conference Room)

14.30 - 15.30       Seminar – “Thinking of going organic?” (Conference Room)

15.00 – 15.30      Cattle Handling Workshop – Miriam Parker (Sale Ring)

15.00     Future Beef Farmers Challenge & Stockjudging Competition’s Award Ceremony (AHDB & Beef & Lamb Stand)

17.00                     Event closes to public