Fast forward 10 years and the challenge facing agriculture is a different one; convincing the Government and others that sustainable red meat production is also compatible with farming’s desire to be carbon neutral by 2040.
It was summed up by Ms Batters when she said the UK has the “credentials” to set “the global standard for high welfare, climate-friendly beef and help build the British food brand across the world”.
Words that are so typical of the dynamism which she brings to her current role, they now need to be the focal point of the Government’s post-Brexit farming policy. Now is the time for Defra to step up to the proverbial plate – and follow the lead of the NFU and other rural bodies.
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