Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Gearing up for Beef Expo 2012

Beef Expo 2012 is a major event in the industry calendar and this year EBLEX is doing more than ever, covering all aspects of the supply chain from conception to consumption.

We’re currently gearing up to play a big role at the event which this year takes place at the Three Counties Showground, in Malvern, on May 24th.

With beef from the dairy herd playing an increasing role in UK beef production, there will be an area dedicated to that with loads of information and examples of production systems. On the main EBLEX stand our expert team will be covering a variety of issues including breeding, nutrient management and our new costings system (StockTake). StockTake will publish enterprise costings data on an annual basis. Producers will be able to make use of an online template and benchmarking programme, which will allow them to compare costs and herd performance with national EBLEX data for a number of different beef production systems.

Featuring five key management areas which can influence a beef enterprise bottom line, herd health will come under the spotlight with a vet on hand to answer questions about parasite treatments, liver fluke control, cow fertility and Bull MOTs. Our experts will also be available to help producers understand the key EBVs to use when making bull purchases and signpost online sources for bull EBV information.

The high-impact ‘EBLEX Cool Wall’ provides producers with a very visual description of the cattle carcases the market is looking for. Our experts will help producers relate this back to the live animal they are producing and looking to select at the optimum time for slaughter. Minimising environmental impact and increasing efficiency will come under the spotlight with a demonstration of slurry application rates and a talk about making a nutrient management plan.

The Farm Shop Beef Butchery competition, which seems to go from strength to strength, will again feature at this year’s event, while Denise, our development chef, will demonstrate some fantastic beef recipes every hour, starting at 10.30am. Not only can you see how it is done, you can also sample the dishes if you’re quick enough, and then take home the free recipe booklets that are being distributed by the Ladies in Beef. It promises to be a busy day and a great event.

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