Beef Expo 2016 show judges named

HIRES_BINDER_Page_02_Image_0003TWO beef industry stalwarts renowned for their pedigree and commercial cattle have been invited to judge at the National Beef Association’s (NBA) Beef Expo 2016 National Spring Spectacular Show (NSSS) that is returning to the Peak District National Park. Phil Sellers from Lincoln will judge the native and continental classes together with the supreme championships whilst the baby beef classes, baby championship and young handlers will be judged by Christine Williams from Shropshire. One of the biggest beef showcases in the calendar, the NSSS will take place on Friday May 20 at the Agricultural Business Centre, home of the Bakewell mart. With a prize fund of over £5,000, a total of 12 classes will bring together the best of British pedigree and commercial cattle including native, continental, British Blue, Limousin-sired heifers and steers, baby beef classes and two young handler’s events together with four championships and a supreme champion. Showing at Smithfield with his father from the age of 11, Mr Sellers, originally from Morley in Derbyshire, now farms Limousin and British Blues at Thorpe Tilney near Lincoln. Having also judged at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair and Royal Highland Show on two occasions, he is looking forward to returning to his homeland of Derbyshire. “Being asked to judge at such a prestigious event as the NSSS is a great honour. “Showing and breeding is most definitely the shop window for beef cattle and in these challenging times a showcase such as the NSSS does show the tremendous commitment from everyone within the industry.” Christine Williams – who farms at Lodge Hill Farm, Park Hall, Shifnal – and her father have always been involved with cattle. She has had experience of working with various pedigree breeds including British Blondes, South Devons and commercial cattle. Her love of breeding and showing pedigree and commercial cattle started from winning local market shows with homebred store cattle. She said: “When I am judging I will be looking for ‘a future champion’. In particular, I will be looking for a balanced calf, capable of carrying meat in all the right places, with exceptional style, that in turn, catches the eye and out shines its competitors. “It is extremely important to encourage the younger generation to compete and have classes dedicated to achieving this goal. “The growth, at many major shows, in the standard and predominately the ever-growing size of such classes, must be taken as a huge positive for the livestock industry as a whole. “The industry statistically contains an ever-ageing population so it is good to combat and encourage the next generation. “These classes also give the younger generation the chance to gain and grow in confidence, experience the addictive ‘bug’ of livestock showing and hence aid in assuring the future of the livestock industry.” Closing date for entries, which is strictly limited, is April 11. For further details, visit www.beefexpo. co.uk or contact Julie Sedgewick, NBA National Spring Spectacular 2016 co-ordinator: Tel – 01325 314650; mobile – 07836 773888; Email – juliesedgewick@btinternet.com

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