NBA (NI) takes to the road and the Irish Sea with tour

Left to right Ernie Ritchie and Stephen Heenan
Left to right Ernie Ritchie and Stephen Heenan

The National Beef Association (NI) has just announced its annual trip to NBA Beef Expo.

The tour will commence on 18th May concluding on 20th May. It costs £255 per person, and includes travel, two night’s accommodation, dinner, Beef Expo – industry dinner, entry to the farm tours and tickets to NBA Beef Expo.

A highlight of the tour this year will surely be the visit to Gop Farm, Flintshire, home of the Farmers’ Weekly ‘Beef Farmer of the Year 2015’, Meilir Jones.

Stephen Heenan, NBA (NI) Tour Organiser and NBA (NI) Board Member, commenting on visiting Gop Farm said: “The idea behind the visit to NBA Beef Expo and the farm tours is to really give our beef farmers a good insight into other beef farming enterprises. I am certainly looking forward to the visit to Gop Farm. We know from past years that the farm visits have been a great knowledge sharing experience, where visitors have been able to take new practices back to their home farms. To top that off we look forward to a tremendous day at NBA Beef Expo, where we will see the very best of British beef and the latest technology on display.”

Day one of the tour from Northern Ireland will see the contingency leave Dublin for Holyhead, and make their way by coach to Gop Farm, before heading to the Sandpiper Hotel, Chesterfield for the evening.

The tour on day two will take in the magnificent Chatsworth Estate. Hopping Farm will be next on the agenda and finally the tour will visit the Haddon Hall and Estate, an organic farm, home to a herd of Longhorn Cattle. Day two will culminate in the NBA Beef Expo – Beef Industry Dinner at the Devonshire Dome at Buxton with guest speaker Philip Holland, a Buxton poet, pianist and farmer.

The final day of the trip will be a visit to NBA Beef Expo, the NBA’s annual showcase.

To reserve your place or for more information on the NBA (NI) tour please contact either Stephen Heenan on 07889 159496 or stephenheenan63@yahoo.co.uk or Ernie Ritchie on 07752 673227 or eritchiecontracts77@gmail.com, to make sure you book your tickets by the deadline of 20th April 2016.