National Beef Association
For everyone with an interest in the British beef industry

NBA Invite farmers to attend an open farm walk and meeting at Great Chesters Farm, Northumberland

28th July 2017

Region: National

Cattle at Great Chesters
Cattle at Great Chesters

The NBA will be visiting Great Chesters farm in Northumberland on Wednesday the 23rd August as part of their roadshow of farm tours which will be held up and down the country this August and September.

The evening will begin at 6.30pm with a tour of Great Chesters Farm, farmed by Willie Woodman.  

A fantastic example of a traditional mixed farm spanning 2000 acres of countryside.  Willie, his wife Christine and son Martin farm in two blocks, 30 miles apart making this a unique and interesting system. The 270 head commercial suckler herd calve in both spring and autumn and are majority Limousin and British Blue cross cattle put to Charolais and Limousin bulls selected on looks as well as key EBVs. Mr Woodman is a director at Hexham and Northern Marts and sells his prime stock through the ring at 18 – 22 months having grown them on at the finishing unit at Bradford House, Belsay.  

Visitors will have the chance to look around Great Chesters and hear how the farm has evolved and grown over the years through improved efficiencies. Following the tour there will be a presentation on “Optimising rumen function for improved meat eating quality” by Dr. Jamie-Leigh Douglas, Technical Support Manager for AB Vista.  This will be followed by AHDB and NBA updates, again looking at the importance on Meat Eating Quality and updating farmers on Brexit and the NBA's position. The meeting will be followed by refreshments.

Speaking about the meeting, David Thomlinson, Chairman of the NBA and Northern Region said “We look forward to taking visitors to Great Chesters, a notable example of an upland farm producing quality cattle in a unique system. The NBA would like to thank Mr Woodman and his family for agreeing to host the meeting and AB Vista and Carrs Billington for their support and sponsorship.”

The meeting is open to everyone with an interest in the Beef Industry.
Attendance is BY BOOKING ONLY to allow us to confirm catering requirements.
To Book your FREE place email [email protected] or call Head Office on 01434 601005.

The NBA is a member led charitable organisation with a key focus on the beef industry and protecting the interests of those who work within it.