Beef Expo 2007 Seals Export Links With Buyers From Twelve Countries

FARMING UK - Sale orders valued at around £498,000 for 332 breeding cattle were confirmed at the NBA Beef Expo 2007 as importers from 12 countries arranged deliveries with breed societies.
calendar icon 22 May 2007
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And the sale of a further 196 animals is expected to be concluded before the end of this week with orders from Kenya, Germany and Turkey to follow as well as Charolais semen sales to France.

NBA Policy advisor, Kim Haywood, has described the Beef Expo event as a “huge success” in establishing yet another bridge between the hungry international market for UK breeding stock and suppliers of a wide range of quality British cattle.

“Cheques were being signed at Expo itself and there could be no doubt that the 42 delegates selected as a result of previous visits to stock exhibitions attended by the NBA and IATC in Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany and France had come over to buy cattle and shown themselves to be active and enthusiastic purchasers,” she said.

The visitors, whose stay in Britain was sponsored by IATC, the MLC and EBLEX, were from Portugal, Poland, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Belgium, France, the Czech Republic, Australia, Nigeria, Kenya, Turkey and Denmark.

“Representatives from other EU countries were tending to concentrate on cattle while the more distant visitors were focussed mainly on semen and embryos,” said Ms Haywood.

“Arrangements were made either through breed society representatives, breeders themselves, or dedicated export agents and besides Beef Expo itself there were fringe visits both before and after the event to breeder’s farms to guide their shopping trip.”

Polish orders taken at the Expo included ten Simmental bulls and females, three Hereford bulls, 120 Limousin heifers and two bulls (with a further 40 to follow), 27 Charolais females, 15 Blonde females, 30 Highland bulls, one South Devon bull and 80 Holstein Friesian females.

Other orders and enquires included 24 Angus females to Belgium, 20 Angus females to Denmark, 1000 Holstein Friesian females for Turkey and Charolais and Blonde bulls for Germany.

“And on top of this moves were being made at Beef Expo to buy Gelbvieh genetics for Kenya,” said Ms Haywood.

“The NBA is very pleased with the results springing from the dating agency role it has undertaken to match buyers with sellers and it was notable that at the International Dinner hosted by the Association on the eve of the event delegates from both Poland and Germany made clear that the UK was the first port of call on their re-stocking trips because of the quality of stock on offer.”

“The groundwork covered by the NBA and IATC during trips to international exhibitions is producing good results and the cattle sold will be transported through the NBA’s cross-Channel link with P&O Ferries.”

“Now that connections have been made, and momentum established, more breed societies will be able to offer more buyers help with health and movement regulations and it will not be long before purchaser demands for more knowledge on feeding and disease management for these high value animals will be satisfied too,” she added.

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