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Good support for cattle competitions at Beef Expo 2019

May 1, 2019 by  
Filed under Livestock

Competitors from the Midlands are preparing to attend this month’s Beef Expo event in Cumbria.

Organised by the National Beef Association, the industry showcase takes place on 23 May at North West Auctions, Crooklands, Cumbria. Two key competitions will take place: the NBA Commercial Cattle Show and South Devon Herd Book Society Performance Championships.

“We are currently up to 115 entries, with only five spaces free as we draw to the entry deadline,” says cattle show organiser Julie Sedgewick. Sponsored by Caltech Crystalyx, more than £6000 of prize money is up for grabs for the national competition.

“It has been really encouraging, we are really happy with the excellent level of support,” says Ms Sedgewick. “It is particularly pleasing to see new entrants coming in, and the central location and being in a low-risk TB area certainly helps.”

There will be four classes of Limousin heifers, split into weights, with 35 entries anticipated. Entries have been recorded from across the UK, including Lincolnshire, Somerset and Scotland – as well as a good level of competitors from Wales.

Experienced judge at many national shows, and award-winner himself, Gavin Scott of Gateside Farm, Linlithgow, will be judging the Native and Continental classes, as well as the Supreme Championships.

Another well-known name and face, Tudur Edwards of Corwen will be judging the Baby Beef classes, Baby Championship and Young Handlers competition. Mr Edwards brings a wealth of experience, and was also the 2015 winner of the Agri-Expo Supreme Beef Championships.

For the fourth year, the South Devon Herd Book Society is also holding its Performance Championships, in which performance breeders from across the country are invited to compete.

Caroline Poultney, breed secretary at the South Devon Herd Book Society, says: “We are excited to be bringing this event to a different part of the country, and look forward to showing off the breed here and its fabulous attributes.”

There is £500 prize money up for grabs from the society, plus money back on animals forward.  Entries are open until 7th May. Ms Poultney adds: “It’s the fourth such annual event, aimed at pushing the use of genetic and performance information as a breeding tool.”

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