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MAY 09 2019
Farm walks and technical
talks at Beef Expo
HE farm tour hosts have been
announced as part of the Beef
Expo programme, which will
be followed by the annual Beef
The farm tours, which take place on
National Beef Association members’
farms, will accompany the main Beef
Expo event and include expert speakers
from across the sector. Hosted by the
Kelly family and the Dixon family, at
Netherhall Farm near Kirby, Lonsdale,
and Kit Craig Farm in Selside, Kendal,
respectively, they will give guests the
opportunity to view two exceptional
David and Maggie Kelly have been
farming at Netherhall for 21 years.
They run a pedigree herd of Hereford
cattle, as well as a smaller herd of
pedigree Limousins, and they started a
separate commercial calf rearing unit in
November 2018. Altogether, they farm
900 acres, which provides a mostly
grass based diet for their cattle.
ON FARM: James Dixon, farm walk host,
with a Stabiliser cow and calf.
HOSTS: David and Maggie Kelly will host
one of the farm walks.
ON DISPLAY: Netherhall Herefords will be on display at one of the farm walks.
The farm’s main focus is breeding
pedigree Hereford bulls and females,
having recently sold their third bull
to Cogent, importing embryos from
America and Australia to this end. Now
in their sixth year of keeping Herefords,
the Kellys have about 200 breeding
females with the aim of getting to 300 by
During the tour of Netherhall Farm,
speakers will include David Deakin of
the Hereford Cattle Society, looking at
the part the breed plays in commercial
beef production. He will be joined by
Gavin Hill, Senior Beef Specialist at
SRUC. Boomer Birch, Program Manager
at Cogent, will discuss Hereford
genetics. Dr Cliff Lister, Crystalyx
Technical Director, will speak on beef
nutrition, forage intake and finishing
Kit Crag Farm
The sixth generation of the Dixon
family now farms 1,100 acre Kit Crag
Farm. Land varies from 450ft above sea
level to 1,400ft, 250 acres of which is
classed as fell.
Stock consists of 220 Stabiliser suckler
cows, 1,200 Swaledale ewes, a small
flock of 300 Mule ewes and 20 Registered
Blue Faced Leicester ewes.
There is also a 12,000 bird free range
layer poultry unit. The suckler herd
comprises a combination of pedigree
Seminar and tour programmes,
schedules and visitor tickets are
available on the Beef Expo website
and commercial stabiliser cattle,
running with pedigree Stabiliser bulls.
The main focus of the farm is to
produce high index cattle as cost
effectively as possible. The cows are fed
on a silage and grass only diet and bull
calves are finished as bull beef at under
16 months old, with a few of the best
sold for breeding. Heifers are calved at
two years old off a grass and silage diet,
with some sold for breeding.
The Kit Crag Farm visit will include
talks from Boehringer Vet Kath Aplin,
and Westmorland Veterinary Group’s
Andrew Crutchley, with BVD Control a
key topic. Seth Wareing, from Stabiliser
Cattle Company, will provide insight
into an efficient suckler cow production
system, while Michael Woodrow of AB
Vista discusses feed efficiency in beef
cattle. Steph Baul, sales representative,
and Andrew Harrison, nutritionist,
both of I’Anson Brothers, a family run
business based in Masham, will speak
on micronized cereals in beef nutrition.
Coaches will depart from Westmorland
County Showground at 9am on May 22,
taking visitors to both farms. A hot beef
lunch will also be included.
The farm tours are followed by the
prestigious annual Beef Industry Dinner,
which this year takes place at Castle
Green Hotel, Kendal. The evening
includes a drinks reception, three
course dinner, beef kindly sponsored by
ABP, and after dinner speaker.
Commenting on the programme of
events, NBA Chief Executive Chris
Mallon said: “Alongside the main
Beef Expo event, visitors will have
the opportunity to experience NBA
members’ farms first-hand. There’s huge
benefit to be gained from knowledge
sharing between beef producers and
engaging with industry experts.
“The annual Beef Industry Dinner is a
fantastic event, where the sector comes
together to celebrate everything great
about British Beef,” he continued.
The farm tours and beef industry
dinner take place on Wednesday, May
22, and NBA Beef Expo 2019 takes place
the following day, Thursday, May 23, at
North West Auctions’ J36 Rural Auction
Centre in Crooklands, Cumbria.