Classes announced for National Beef Association 2016 Spring Spectacular Show

Presentation with Adam Henson Overall Supreme Champion 2015, Sooty, a Limousin Cross Heifer, bred by Bowen and Bowen and owned by Welsh farmers Rhidian and Cai Edwards [T C Edwards & Sons]
Presentation with Adam Henson Overall Supreme Champion 2015, Sooty, a Limousin Cross Heifer, bred by Bowen and Bowen and owned by Welsh farmers Rhidian and Cai Edwards [T C Edwards & Sons]

It has been confirmed that there will be a total of 12 classes including four championship classes and a supreme champion class at this year’s National Beef Association’s (NBA) 2016 National Spring Spectacular Show (NSSS).

With an overall prize fund of over £5000 the NSSS brings together the very best of pedigree and commercial cattle breeding.

“We are delighted to be hosting this year’s Beef Expo in the heart of the Peak District National Park, and we are expecting to see a fantastic line-up of classes showcasing the very best of pedigree and commercial cattle.”

Part of the beef industry’s flagship annual event, NBA Beef Expo, is taking place this year at the Agricultural Business Centre, home of the Bakewell mart on Friday 20th May 2016. The NSSS attracts the best of British cattle from all across the UK.

Beef Expo is a superb showcase offering everyone the opportunity to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and discuss the developments taking place within the industry, whilst also having the chance to experience the new equipment available.

The Spring Spectacular includes classes for Native, Continental, British Blue, Limousin-sired heifers and steers, baby beef classes, and two young handlers’ classes.

On announcing details of the NSSS, NBA Beef Expo chairman, Alastair Sneddon said: “We are delighted to be hosting this year’s Beef Expo in the heart of the Peak District National Park, and we are expecting to see a fantastic line-up of classes showcasing the very best of pedigree and commercial cattle.

“This event is a true celebration of British Beef and this year we have a very strong commercial focus, introducing a consumer element so we hope to attract a range of audiences to Bakewell.

“We are extremely proud of our British beef breeding in the UK, and the Spring Spectacular Show is one of the highlights giving all visitors the opportunity to see some of the very best cattle in the industry.”

The first prize in every class is £100, with sections champions receiving £100 and reserve £50. The overall champion will walk away with £500 with reserve £250 and the Baby Beef Champion £200 and reserve £100. The championship prizes are sponsored by Caltech Crystalyx.

Full details of the classes and an entry form will soon be available to download from the NBA website at http://www.nationalbeefassociation.com/Beef-Expo-2015/.

Alastair added: “I urge all those wishing to exhibit to get their entries in as soon as possible, we are looking forward to welcoming people from across the length and breadth of the UK, Bakewell is a great central location set in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Growing increasingly popular this is certainly a must-attend event for everyone involved in the beef industry from production to processing.”

Beef Expo is held at a different venue each year and the show attracts visitors from around the UK and abroad. It is a key part in raising the profile of the UK’s beef breeding and production both domestically and internationally.