Beef farmer competition launched

A new “unique” competition, The Future Beef Farmer Challenge, will take place at this year’s National Beef Association (NBA) Beef Expo.

The contest will test the skills, knowledge and ability of young farmers at the Expo, at York Auction Mart on 21 May. It is being run in association with Eblex, the Charolais Cattle Society, XL Vets and Thompsons of York.

NBA director Chris Mallon said: “There really is no competition like the Future Beef Challenge anywhere else in the UK and we’re delighted to both launch it as part of NBA Beef Expo 2015 and for it to become an integral part of annual NBA Beef Expo events in the future.

“Encouraging the next generation of progressive beef farmers is hugely important for the future sustainability of the industry and it’s something we at the NBA are very keen to support.”

There is both a team challenge and an individual challenge. However, young farmers must pre-register for the former. Entrants for the team challenge must be aged between 16 and 26, while individuals can be between 16 and 36.

The NBA explained that entrants will be required to visit the four exhibition stands around the NBA Beef Expo site, where their expertise will be tested. The British Charolais Cattle Society challenge, for example, is to correctly classify four finished cattle using the EUROP grid, and points will be awarded for identifying the correct conformation and fat class.

The Charolais Society’s David Benson said: “We are looking for the next generation of progressive beef farmers and the different tests that entrants will face on the day have been designed to assess their overall understanding of the industry.

“Technology and science are becoming more important to the beef industry, and a good knowledge of new developments in the sector will be vital in helping the next generation to move their farms forward.”

Entrants will also face challenges at the Eblex, XL Vets, and Thompsons stand. Teams must pre-register by 7 May, by contacting the Eblex Northern Office on 01904 771214.

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