NBA National Spring Spectacular Sale attracts record livestock entries, with 152 head of cattle

Event will form part of the NBA Beef Expo, now regarded as key day for both showing animals and networking

Robert Smith From left, Roy Firth from National Spring Spectacular Show 2014 sponsor Crystalyx, judge Philip Parrott and Penrith-based showman, Neil Slack, with supreme champion Watabootie
From left, Roy Firth from National Spring Spectacular Show 2014 sponsor Crystalyx, judge Philip Parrott and Penrith-based showman, Neil Slack, with supreme champion Watabootie

The Hexham-based National Beef Association has attracted record entry levels for its National Spring Spectacular Show (NSSS) this year.

Livestock entries for the event, which takes place at York Auction Centre for the first time ever on May 21, are already at full capacity, with 152 head of cattle.

Regarded as a key date on the British beef industry calender, NSSS - part of the NBA Beef Expo - features 15 Classes and an overall prize fund of £5000.

This year’s event also boasts 27 new exhibitors from all four corners of the UK.

Chairman and director of York Auction Centre, Richard Tasker, said: “The number of livestock entries we have received this year is testament to the popularity of this major beef industry event growing year on year, and the hard work of the show organiser Julie Sedgewick and her team.

“NBA Beef Expo is now recognised as a truly important networking experience within the industry to both attend and show animals.”

The event, which brings together the very best in British commercial and pedigree cattle, equipment, knowledge-sharing and show classes, will see two leading Scottish beef breeders, both from Perthshire, acting as judges this year.

Wilson Peters will oversee the Native, Continental Classes and Supreme Championship, while Craig Robertson will be bringing a wealth of experience with him in judging the Baby Beef Championships and Young Handlers Classes.

This year’s event will also see the launch of The Future Beef Farmer Challenge.

Initiated by the NBA, the contest - open to both teams and individuals - is designed to test the skills, knowledge and abilities of young beef farmers.

Run in association with EBLEX, the Charolais Cattle Society, XL Vets and Thompsons of York, it will see entrants face four challenges, in which they will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of breeding and genetics, cattle health, nutrition and cattle selection for slaughter.

As in previous years, another Expo highlight will be the farm tours, due to take place on May 20, and featuring sites specifically chosen to highlight the diversity of the beef industry in Yorkshire.

These include the Millington Grange Estate, home of the famous Millington Limousin Herd; JSR Farm, where the Givendale Herd is housed, as well as the Beef Improvement Group’s Net Efficiency Unit; and GD Stephenson & Sons Ltd, near Market Weighton, where a 200-strong commercial Suckler herd of Limousin Cross, Salers Cross and South Devon Cross cows can be found.

For more information on the Expo, visit http://www.nationalbeefassociation.com/Beef-Expo-2015/

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