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Beef Expo 2004
3rd - 4th August 2005


The British Blue Cattle Society was pleased to invite to the UK and to Beef Expo 2004, two of its overseas business contacts. This is the first time the Belgian Blue Society has applied for Inward Mission funding, in its drive to raise the awareness of British Genetics overseas.

The first visitor Felipe Elizalde, a Research Scientist, Farmer and Businessman, from the Orsorno region of Southern Chile. Felipe Elizalde is currently undertaking a trial on his native jersey diary cattle, using British bred Belgian Blue Genetics.

In addition, he has also agreed to act as an agent, through his company, “Genesis Ltd” for the marketing of British Bred Belgian Blue genetics, throughout Chile. Felipe is no stranger to the UK, having completed his PhD. in Dairy Cow Nutrition at Queens University, Belfast, a number of years ago.

He was accompanied by Peter de Swaef, from Hofstade in the Northern, Flanders region of Belgium. Peter de Swaef is a Veterinary Surgeon and ET Specialist, who is currently marketing British Bred Belgian Blue Genetics, in Belgium. Peter de Swaef is particularly impressed with the size; mobility and growth rate of British bred sires, which he feels has a major contribution to play in Belgian agriculture.

Both visitors were very grateful to have the opportunity to visit Beef Expo 2004, so as to enable them to further develop their understanding of the UK Beef Industry and they were very impressed with what they saw.

The combination of farm visits, a conference and the event itself, with its commercial trade stands and excellent show of pedigree Belgian Blue, Hereford Limousin and commercial cattle made the event particularly valuable for them, as visitors from overseas.

The opportunity to see over 45 top quality Belgian Blues, gave them the opportunity to see first-hand, the “British Type” of Belgian Blue, renowned for its high degree of mobility, size and reputation for easier calving.

The Society is particularly indebted to the Export department of MLC and the British Livestock Genetics Consortium for facilitating this Inward Mission: Both visitors will return home as staunch ambassadors for British Genetics and it is hoped that this will manifest itself into future business.

Champion Belgian Blue at the National Show, held within Beef Expo 2004, was Wilodge Ulex, from Bart & Christine Williams.
Champion Belgian Blue was Wilodge Ulex, from Bart & Christine Williams.

British Belgian Blue Results

Class 1 – Bull born on or before 1/7/02

1st Messrs. Barber & Brindley – Threeways Superstar
2nd B K Ryder – Greystone The Boss

Class 2 – Bull born before 31/1/03
1st D A Williams – Wilodge Ulex
2nd Messrs Barber & Brindley – Astbury Unequalled
3rd E R Hemmings – Paulern Uta ET
4th J F Brass – Eden Valley Valiant ET

Class 3 – Bull born before 29/2/04
1st J E Bellas – Ballygrange Vinny
2nd E R Hemmings – Paulern Vince ET
3rd R Young – Auchentiber Va Va Voom ET
4th B K Ryder – Annanwater Vince
5th Messrs Barber & Brindley – Bringlee Volckawagon

Class 4 – Cow born on or before 4th August 2001
1st Messrs Barber & Brindley – Bringlee Sandy
2nd B K Ryder – Dorure Et De Fooz
3rd Messrs Barber & Brindley – Astbury Trudie

Class 5 – Heifer born after 4/8/01 and before 4/2/03
1st R Young – Ridge Dean Trixie
2nd Sally Lloyd – Black ‘n’ Blue UK.Com
3rd R M Birch – Directive Et De Fooz

Class 6 – Junior Heifer born on or after 4/2/03
1st B K Ryder – Annanwater Vixen
2nd J E Bellas – Clonberton Victoria
3rd B K Ryder – Annanwater Venice
4th J F Brass – Eden Valley Verena

Champion Male – D A Williams – Wilodge Ulex

Champion Female – Barber & Brindley – Bringlee Sandy

Supreme Champion – Wilodge Ulex

Reserve Champion – Bringlee Sandy

Championship presentation
Championship presentation
L/R - Sam Milligan (Judge), Richard Bartle, Felipe Elizalde (Chile) and Peter de Swaef (Belgium).
Champion female presentation
Champion female presentation
Graham Brindley and Felipe Elizalde.

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