Farmers say thanks with free bacon butties

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PIG farmers gave out free bacon sandwiches in Leeds and Hull yesterday as part of a campaign to thank the public for supporting them as their production costs rise.

The events were part of a nationwide tour, which also took in York on Tuesday, staged by farmers who members of the national Red Tractor scheme, which is designed to indicate quality of British-bred meat.

Richard Longthorp, the chairman of the National Pig Association, said the farmers had been hit hard by rising costs, and were grateful to find that consumers were prepared to pay a little more to help keep them in business.

He added: “We really appreciate the support from the public in Yorkshire, especially as we know a lot of people are feeling the pinch at the moment. All we are asking people to do is stick with us and keep buying Red Tractor.”