Ladies in Beef and Great British Beef Week
Ladies in Beef introduced Great British Beef Week, their aim as an organisation is to raise awareness and support Red Tractor Farm Assured Beef, to increase consumer support for British Beef and to own and promote Great British Beef Week each year.
Today marks the beginning of the 8th British Beef Week in eight consecutive years. From April 23rd until April 30th people in the industry work incredibly hard to raise awareness regarding the importance, quality and versatility of British Beef. Great British Beef Week also raises funds for those in need in the farming industry, by partnering with the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.
The Health Benefits of British Beef
Eating high-quality British Beef is an excellent way to contribute to a healthy and balanced diet. Our beef at Essington Farm is of the Pedigree Hereford variety and it is grass-fed (we do not use a supplementary diet of cereals which is overly common with modern continental breeds). Grass-fed beef has a number of health benefits including lots of natural vitamins and minerals. It’s a great source of conjugated linoleic acid (it is a fat that reduces the risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes and a number of immune disorders). Grass-fed beef also has the recommended ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats which is brilliant for a healthy heart. Buying food from Britain ultimately ensures high quality, great taste and high standards throughout the farming process.
English Beef is a tradition to be proud of which champions quality and taste. The animal’s diet is the most important factor which determines the quality and taste of the beef. In other countries, farmers will feed animals other food which is not their natural diet, to fatten the animal up quicker or for other purposes to suit their own benefits. If the diet of the animal you are eating is not right, then this has negative impacts upon the health of the person who eats this meat.
Why Support British Farming?
Supporting British Farming ensures that our British Countryside stays the way it is supposed to look, with animals and fruit and vegetables on the landscape. If you enjoy the picturesque nature of the countryside, local produce helps to save it. By keeping local farmers in business, it defends the countryside and ensures the land is not sold for another housing or business project. Buying British allows you to support local people, communities and families (farming is a living for the people who work on the farms and it is an occupation which would become extinct in our country if people continue to buy meat, fruit and veg from abroad). Buying beef from your own country reduces your carbon footprint and therefore reduces the impact that food travelling around the world has on the environment.
British meat is produced to some of the highest welfare standards in the world: no growth-promoting hormones are allowed and any antibiotics are administered only under veterinary direction. Buying British Beef which has the British Red Tractor ensures that the meat was produced to a high set of standards at every stage of the food chain from rearing to processing, and can be traced back to the farm it came from.
We are immensely proud of our farming methods, ethics and produce. One of the things we are
most proud of is our Pedigree Hereford Beef and we would love it if our customers both old and new would join us in celebrating Great British Beef Week by supporting local farmers and spreading the word about the importance of British farming, the health benefits of British Beef and also by purchasing food from a trustworthy and honest source.