UK’s biggest festival of British beef

Chris Mallon
Chris Mallon
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The National Beef Association (NBA) Beef Expo 2014 is set to eclipse previous years’ events, thanks to the sheer amount of animals on display, and record numbers of exhibitors and entries expected to attend.

The event at Hexham Mart brings together the cream of pedigree and commercial animals from across the country from breed associations, the prestigious National Spring Spectacular Show, farm tours, demonstrations and commercial trade stands.

With a prize fund of £6,000, The National Spring Spectacular Show has attracted 140 head of beef cattle, including young handlers and novice exhibitors. In addition there are 22 breed societies from Aberdeen Angus through to Welsh Black Cattle.

Chris Mallon, NBA director, said: “The calibre of breeding in the British beef industry is phenomenal and we’re delighted to be displaying the very best at this year’s NBA Beef Expo.

“This event really is a shop window for everyone involved in the British beef industry and we are covering every aspect of the sector, with something for everyone – from the professional farmer to interested members of the public.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming a huge crowd and our international missions from Norway and Canada, and Northern Ireland to Hexham Mart to join in our festival of British beef.”

Visitors will be able to find out more about preparing and cooking beef-based meals in a fun Ready, Steady, Cook-style contest pitting auctioneers from the region’s top marts against each other.