Technical seminar speakers will give beef producers the latest insights and advice on the challenges facing the industry at NBA's Beef Expo.

Key topics will be animal health, integrated supply chains and future-proofing for success, as experts from across the sector lead a strong line-up of technical meetings during the event.

The technical programme will be complemented by two farm tours at Netherhall Farm, near Kirby Lonsdale, and Kit Craig Farm, in Selside, Kendal, respectively.

Chris Mallon, the NBA's chief executive and national director said: “The NBA Beef Expo 2019 promises to provide the beef sector with the latest advice, guidance and support during what continues to be one of the most volatile and uncertain periods we have ever experienced.

“Alongside the event competitions and trade stands showcasing the best of the UK industry, there will be ample opportunity for visitors to hear and engage with industry experts during the technical seminar programme and the open discussion forum.”

Seminar programme:



Vet Jim McKinstry, of CEVA, will discuss the benefits of EBV and synchronisation in the beef industry; Derek Armstrong, the lead veterinary expert at AHDB, will talk on the responsible use of antibiotics on beef farms; and Bill Harper, chairman of the NBA's TB committee, will give the latest TB updates and guidance

11.30 – 12.30

Integrated supply chain

Dr Stefano Vandoni, of AB Vista, zeroes in on eating quality; Ryan Law, Dunbia, will talk on what integrated supply chains can offer; with Ian Wheal, of Breedr, showing how data can drive profit.

12.30 – 13.30

Future-proofing for success

Andrew Robinson, of Armstrong Watson will discuss how financial management can help during challenging times; and Oliver McEntyre, from Barclays Bank, will answer 'what is the right management style for your business.'

13.30 – 14.30

Challenges facing the industry

Claire Lewis, from Breedr, will centre on how carbon footprinting can deliver value to famers and farming; Clive Brown, head of knowledge exchange for AHDB Beef and Lamb, will talk on consumer trends; the SAC's professor in livestock informatics and leader of the animal breeding team, Mike Coffey, talks on how AHDB’s beef feed efficiency programme is delivering for farmers.

14.30 – 15.30

Open discussion: The future of the beef industry

Top table chat from Richard Findlay, NFU National Livestock Board chairman; Chris Mallon, NBA; Andrew Laughton, NBA; John Geldard, a director of L and K Group; and Robin Manning, from Defra.