DERBYSHIRE farmers have got together with Heather Wheeler MP to discuss local issues and promote the Great British Beef Week campaign.
The meeting was hosted by Derbyshire Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) chairman Angela Sargent, who is the 2014 face of the Beef Week campaign and farms in Etwall.
During the discussions, Heather listened to the concerns farmers face in the region and heard how RABI had distributed more than £48,000 in grants to Derbyshire farmers, workers and their families during 2013, an increase of 53% on 2012 – mainly as a result of the harsh spring and snow.
RABI regional manager Milly Wastie said: "It was good that Heather took the time to understand what impact the weather, animal disease and European politics had on grassroots farmers and what that means for their business moving forward.
"RABI is a welfare charity and has been providing financial and practical support to the farming community for more than 150 years, helping farmers to stay in farming or retire with dignity."
The Great British Beef Week campaign runs until Saturday and highlights the importance of buying British and sourcing locally produced beef.
According to the NFU, the county produces 62,444 beef cattle, so there is no excuse when it comes to finding the perfect beef joint right on your doorstep.