Dairy-produced beef under spotlight at NBA Beef Expo

Better beef production from the dairy herds will be under the spotlight at this year’s National Beef Association (NBA) Beef Expo.

The event, held at Hexham Mart, Northumberland, will be focusing on the dairy herd, with demonstrations and knowledge sharing throughout the day. The NBA said the theme for this year is feeding the nation, and the role of dairy herd-produced beef is becoming ever more important to this.

NBA chief executive Chris Mallon said: “Dairy herd-produced beef is widely forecast to play an ever-stronger role in maintaining the critical mass necessary for the British beef industry to exist.

“Without sufficient animals in the system, abattoirs will be forced to close, meaning animals will have to travel for longer, and jobs will be lost. It really is a big issue for the industry at the moment, which is why we are devoting such a major part of this year’s NBA Beef Expo to beef from the dairy herd.”

The NBA said it was a vital topic to concentrate on, with more than half of Britain’s beef now coming from the dairy sector. The association added: “Improving beef production adds up to better returns for dairy farmers. Although farmers tend to focus on replacing cows, a beef bull calf out of a dairy cow can actually make more financial sense, adding an estimated 2p per litre to the dairy profits.”

XLVets will be on-site to give advice on managing the health of dairy beef calves from birth through to finishing.

NBA Beef Expo takes place on 21 and 22 May, and includes the National Spring Spectacular Show, breed society exhibitions, farms tours and trade stands.

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