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NBA Beef Expo 2014 returns to Hexham with a boost for grassroots showing

25th October 2013

Region: National

National Spring Spectacular Show to include classes for young and novice handlers

The National Beef Association (NBA) is returning to its Northumberland roots for NBA Beef Expo 2014, which is also putting grassroots showing back on the agenda.

The key beef industry event will be staged at Hexham Auction Mart on May 22, 2014 for the first time since 2010. One of the highlights of the event will be the National Spring Spectacular Show, featuring 16 halter-led classes for baby beef, native and continental cattle plus championship classes. With an overall prize fund of £6000, the overall Supreme Champion will take home a £700 prize.

Robert Addison, Chair of NBA Beef Expo 2014 reiterates the importance of the show classes: “Building on the successes of 2010, we are absolutely delighted to be hosting this event once again at Hexham Auction Mart.  We are working on a very exciting programme, and hope that this will be well supported by all aspects of the agricultural community. The National Spring Spectacular Show is a very important element of this showcase as it really does demonstrate the very best of British Beef.”

Information about all of the classes can be found on

Four special classes have been organised to encourage young handlers plus novices who have always fancied a crack at showing, but were concerned their animals would be overshadowed by some of the high-value cattle shown by experienced competitors.

Class 7, is restricted to steers purchased at auction for less than £1,400 and class 14 is open to heifers bought under the same criteria. To ensure absolute fairness, competitors must submit their purchase receipt with their entry form.

The final two classes of the day are open to young handlers aged between 12 and 21, showing an animal that was previously entered in the beef section of the show. To widen the scope of the classes, the animal does not have to be owned by the handler or their family. Entry for the young handler classes is free of charge.

National Spring Spectacular Show co-ordinator Julie Sedgewick said: “The idea of these classes is to give people a first taste of showing, whether they are young handlers or older people who want to experience a competition without the added pressure of competing against seasoned professionals.                                                             

“Young handler classes are always great fun and are often the first rung on the ladder for handlers who are bitten by the showing bug and go on to great success in the ring. But we’ve also found that many people who fancy having a go, but are too old for the young handler classes, have been put off because they can’t afford the expensive animals that tend to dominate many of the big showing classes.

“By introducing the £1,400 limit for two classes, we hope to encourage novice handlers to come to Hexham and try their hand at showing. We’re hoping for a big entry in both these and the young handler classes.”

The full line-up of classes open to both NBA and non NBA member is:

         Class 1               Heifer by a Registered Native Sire

         Class 2               Steer by a Registered Native Sire

         Class 3               Steer by any other Continental Sire

         Class 4               Steer by a Registered Charolais Sire

         Class 5               Steer by a Registered British Blue Sire

         Class 6               Steer by a Registered Limousin Sire

         Class 7               Steer by any Sire, purchased at a public auction/livestock market up to a maximum of £1,400.

         Class 8               Baby Steer (12 month & under) up to and including 425kgs

         Class 9               Baby Heifer (12 months & under) up to and including 425 kgs

         Class 10             Heifer by any other Continental sire

         Class 11             Heifer by a Registered Charolais sire

         Class 12             Heifer by a Registered British Blue sire

         Class 13             Heifer by a Registered Limousin sire

         Class 14             Heifer by any Sire, purchased at a public auction/livestock market up to a maximum of £1,400.

         Class 15             Young Handler, 12 years to 16 years

         Class 16             Young Handler, 17 years to 21 years


The closing date for entries is April 14, 2014. For entry details, contact Julie Sedgewick, NBA National Spring Spectacular 2014 Co-ordinator. T: 01325 314650 M: 07836 773888 Email: [email protected]

For sponsorship and trade stand enquiries contact the event organiser, Euan Emslie, on T: 01430 441870. F: 01430 448432. M: 07718 908523. Email:[email protected]  Website:,


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