A FARMER’S wife who set up her own business selling meat locally has been down to Westminster to spread the word about great British beef.
Rebecca Tomlinson, from Abbots Brom- ley, is part of the Ladies in Beef group and was the only Staffordshire representative to be asked to go down to London to meet Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Jim Paice MP as part of Great British Beef Week last week.
Ladies in Beef is a group of female beef farmers who care passionately about British beef and champion the quality of the meat, as well as raising public aware- ness of the real meaning of the Red Trac- tor logo.
Mrs Tomlinson, 29, said: “I saw the Ladies in Pork group at the County Show- ground and from that a lady wanted to set up a Ladies in Beef group and I decided it would be good to be a part of something like that.
“It was fantastic meeting people in the group from all over the country in West- minster and I made a few new friends. It was such an honour to go down there.”
Mrs Tomlinson set up her own small business last year with her sister-in-law Paula called Bromley Hurst Beef Ltd and quit her job in December to focus on it full-time.
She said: “Our husbands are in partner- ship with my dad in HM Tomlinson’s and Sons based at Ashlands Farm and they helped us set up.
“We sell the beef direct from our farm to local people in the area and we go to mar- kets and events. We also deliver within 10 miles of Abbots Bromley.
“We have been relying on word-of- mouth and have had some really good feedback.
“We’ve had lots of great comments from customers saying they don’t know why they wasted their time with supermarkets when they can get great beef locally and be sure where it has come from.”
Bromley Hurst Beef Ltd is based at Ash- lands Farm, Bromley Hurst, and can be contacted on 01283 840057.