Momentum builds for multi breed calf show

Ann Orr, one of the organising team behind the inaugural multi-breed beef calf show and industry forum with sponsor Paul Elwood, from HVS Animal health. They were joined by two of the young hopefuls, who will be participating in the Junior Showmanship classes on the big day

Ann Orr, one of the organising team behind the inaugural multi-breed beef calf show and industry forum with sponsor Paul Elwood, from HVS Animal health. They were joined by two of the young hopefuls, who will be participating in the Junior Showmanship classes on the big day

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Preparations continue apace for the inaugural Multi-Breed Beef Calf Show and Industry Forum, taking place on Saturday 14th November. The event will be held at the Balmoral Showgrounds in Belfast

The one-day show will be known as Pedigree Calf Fair and Beef NI Expo 2015. It is being organised in partnership with the Livestock and Meat Commission and the National Beef Association.

The schedule features classes for ten beef breeds, both native and continental, and also includes showmanship classes for handlers 12 to 25-years-old. Judging will commence at 10am, and with two show rings operational throughout the day, and separate judges for each breed, the event will reach a climax with a parade of champions at 4pm.

David Connolly, commenting on behalf of the 20-strong stakeholder committee behind the event, said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to bring together the very best that Northern Ireland has to offer and promote the beef industry we are delighted with the positive response from sponsors. We have already filled 60% of the trade space available at the event. We are also very excited by this response and look forward to welcoming businesses and visitors to the new event.”

Throughout the day, a number of seminars will be on offer to consider the way forward for the beef industry working in partnership with Livestock & Meat Commission (LMC), and National Beef Association (NBA).

The theme for the event is Beef Strategy 2020 and inputs are expected from all sectors of the beef industry.

Organisers are encouraging visitors to come along and get involved, this is your chance to engage and view the latest products and technology within the beef sector.

“There is strength in numbers,” said Chris Mallon chairman of the NBA and Expo partner.

“This is giving us the forum to have useful discussions about the future of our beef business, with a number of seminars to be hosted throughout the day, which will be themed with the Beef Strategy 2020. It is essential to work together to showcase the wonderful beef industry we have in Northern Ireland, and we are expecting visitors on the day from across the UK.”

The event has attracted sponsorship from Tesco, Crystalyx, Isuzu, HVS, and Bovipast RSP, and will give pedigree breeders from throughout the province an opportunity to showcase their high-calibre beef calves.

The Beef NI Expo will also provide the opportunity to display some of the finest genetics from top herds across Northern Ireland at the Pedigree Calf Fair.

Pedigree Beef Show classes are being arranged for Aberdeen-Angus, British Blue, British Blonde, Beef Shorthorn, Charolais, Hereford, Irish Moiled, Limousin, Salers and Simmental calves born from the 1st September 2014. First prize winners will go on to compete for accolade of champion in breed.

This will be a first for Northern Ireland, as it is the first show where the 10 major beef breeds have come together to showcase all that is on offer in the region.

The day will also focus on the next generation of beef farmers with a Young Showmanship Competition. This is sure to attract significant interest from the young people across the province, who continue to develop and grow their ability to promote their livestock.

With trade space for up to 100 exhibitors, the show will also have a broad range of suppliers on site to provide information and advice to the beef industry; this will provide some new and interesting concepts for visitors.

Within the grand ring, judging will commence at 10am, culminating with the grand parade of champions at 4pm.

Schedules, entry forms and trade exhibitor information is available to download from the website: www.pcf-beef-expo.co.uk. Alternatively, contact chairman David Connolly on 07920 599422, or secretary Ann Orr email: annorr@btconnect.com.