Thursday 8th June 2017
Scotlands Beef Event

Interest Building Up for Scotland's Beef Event 2017

6th March 2017

Interest is building up in Scotland’s Beef Event 2017 to be held on the farm of Fans, Earlston, Berwickshire, courtesy of Douglas and Kelda Stewart, on Thursday, June 8.

Generous support from top line sponsors and strong demand for trade stand space has set the pace for Scotland’s national event for the beef industry. The one-day technical and business event is set to attract thousands of beef and industry professionals from throughout Scotland and the North of England keen to catch up on all the latest technical, genetic and marketing developments in the industry.

“Sponsorship opportunities are still available and the excellent facilities on the farm offer extensive space for both outside and inside stands,” said Sion Williams, chairman of the local committee which is undertaking the organisation of the event on behalf of the Scottish Beef Association.

“Response for trade stands from both national and local companies and beef breed societies is highly encouraging well ahead of the deadline for reserving space of March 10. Prospective exhibitors who have not yet reserved stand space are strongly advised to do so without delay to secure the best positions.”

Clydesdale Bank has already been confirmed as main sponsor and the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society, Ancroft Tractors, Harbro, Harrison and Hetherington and Scotbeef as gold sponsors and Almins, CKD Galbraith JFC Manufacturing and Watson Seeds as silver sponsors.

Generous support for the event is also being given by Quality Meat Scotland and Scottish Borders Council.

Bronze level sponsors include Agrimin, J and J Campbell (Wedderlie), DLF Seeds and Science,   Kelso and Lothian Harvesters, Norbrook, SAC and John Thorburn and Sons Construction.

The aim of the event, which has adopted the theme “Beef Up Your Profits”, is to help beef farmers achieve the highest standards of technical efficiency to ensure the long-term sustainability of their businesses.

“Beef producers, like the rest of farming, are facing uncertain times as a result of Brexit and future agricultural policy will take us into uncharted waters,” said Mr Williams. “One thing is sure – the future profitability of the industry will depend to a greater degree than ever before on producers achieving high levels of efficiency in the management of their beef enterprises.”

The beef enterprise at Fans, based on a commercial herd of 400 Aberdeen-Angus cows with all progeny, except for female replacements, finished on the farm, is widely recognised as a well managed business achieving a high degree of technical efficiency and output.

Other enterprises on the mixed farm, which extends to a total of 2430 acres over three units, include a large arable acreage growing winter oats, winter wheat, winter barley and spring barley and a specialist seed potato business covering 350 acres, including additional rented land.

Full details of sponsorship and trade stand opportunities are available from the event organiser, Ms Natalie Cormack, Dairy Cottage, Tower Road, Ayton, Berwickshire, TD14 5QX. Tel: 01890 781006. Mob: 07712 623669. E-mail: Natalie.cormack@btconnect.com