One of the nation’s favourite foodie weeks returns 23 – 30 April 2022, as we celebrate the 12th Great British Beef Week (GBBW). Farmers, supermarkets, butchers, farm shops, pubs and restaurants unite to celebrate beef produced in Britain.
This year GBBW is focusing on recognising and highlighting British beef farmers and the work they do to support sustainable production practices on their farms. It’s due to the strides that these farmers make in this area that British beef continues to be amongst the most sustainable in the world.
We asked Jilly Greed (Ladies in Beef co-founder), Minette Batters (NFU President and Ladies in Beef co-founder) and Adam Henson (British Farmer, TV Presenter and Patron of Ladies in Beef) for their thoughts on the importance of sustainability and GBBW.
“The journey to net zero and being environmentally sustainable, can be really rewarding for both grass based beef production and nature. It’s not just about nurturing the soil and creating species rich pasture for beef cattle to graze to increase carbon download from the atmosphere. It’s how you integrate and manage the land so there is food and habitat for wildlife too. Whether it’s planting herbal leys, new hedges and trees or flowering pollen and nectar areas on less productive land, the UK has one of the most climate friendly and sustainable beef production systems in the world, with less than half the average global emissions.”
“The British beef sector has so much to celebrate right now. Not only do we produce a fantastic, affordable product that is renowned around the world for its quality, but we do it in one of the most sustainable ways possible, utilising our natural resources to turn inedible grass into delicious, climate-friendly protein.”
“Great British Beef Week is as important now as it has ever been. Our beef farmers up and down the country continue to work to feed the nation with delicious, locally reared British beef. Beef farmers take sustainability seriously and aim to become carbon neutral by 2040.”
You can also listen to a special GBBW podcast with Minette Batters and beef farmers David and Churi Barton who tell us more about the great quality and excellent environmental credentials of beef produced in Britain.
During GBBW we’ll be highlighting innovative and sustainable farming methods from producers across Britain.
And finally, we hope you’ll join us by enjoying tucking into your favourite delicious British beef dishes. If you’re after new beef recipe ideas and cooking tips head over to www.SimplyBeefandLamb.co.uk.
Farming and food industry: if you’d like to download this year’s free social media assets please head over to the Support GBBW page.
Ladies in Beef (LiB) are the organisers of GBBW, you can find out more about us on this site. GBBW is once again supported by AHDB, as well as Red Tractor, National Farmers Union, The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and Hybu Cig Cymru.
The RABI is farming’s older and largest charity and provides financial support, practical care and guidance to farming people of all ages. For more information please visit www.rabi.org.uk. Ladies in Beef have chosen the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) as their charity for GBBW again for 2022. Since being involved in this annual campaign, RABI (Charity Registration No: 208858) has organised more than 50 beef week events and raised £90,000 for farming people in need of financial support.
Appreciative that it is a difficult time for many at the moment, but if you are able to support, please visit the RABI GBBW 2022 JustGiving page to make any donations.