A LOCAL beef farmer swapped Penkridge for Parliament to tell MPs about the importance of the suckler industry.
Richard Bower, a fourth generation beef and cereal farmer, joined fellow NFU members to lobby MPs including Jeremy Lefroy about important sector issues. The lunchtime reception was held during Great British Beef Week.
Mr Bower farms 300 cattle with his father, Ray, including 70 commercial suckler cows which are run with Limousin bulls. He said: “Bovine Tb is the big issue and the price of beef is also coming down so livestock farming is difficult but it’s a worthwhile and very rewarding job.
“The suckler herd is vital to our farming system and for grassland management and they graze all of the land on the farm that follows the River Penk.
“The horsemeat scandal seems a long time ago now and with prices going down now we just need to see a bit of stability and I think as farmers we also need to continue to be more customer focused and tell people what we do.”