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Farmers to Quiz Defra Minister at Beef Expo 2013

Farmers attending this year's Beef Expo 2013, organised by the National Beef Association, will have the chance to put their questions to farming minister David Heath at a specially organised Question Time session at the event.

Mr Heath, the minister of agriculture and food will be attending the event at Malvern for the first time and has said he is looking forward to answering farmers questions in the Question Time session.

David Heath

David Heath

He will be joined on the panel by John Cross, chairman of English red meat levy body EBLEX and local beef farmer and NFU vice president Adam Quinny.
Gloucestershire beef farmer Paul Westaway will chair the session and believes it will offer farmers a unique opportunity.

"The chance for farmers to put their questions on all manner of subjects directly to the minister of state is something truly unique to Beef Expo 2013.

"With so much happening in the farming sector this year, including the ongoing battle with bovine TB, CAP reform and challenges faced by livestock farmers in maximising productivity while minimising their environmental impact this is an opportunity not to be missed," he explains.

Mr Westaway says both Mr Cross and Mr Quinney will also be able to provide valuable insights in to many of the areas which vex beef farmers on a daily basis, notably meat labelling and consumer demand.

"The ongoing horsemeat scare has left many farmers wondering exactly what has been happening further down the supply chain.

"Both John Cross and Adam Quinney have first hand experience of the fallout from this saga in their respective roles and have been involved in discussions to ensure something of this ilk can never happen again. I'm sure farmers will be interested to hear what is being done to unravel the chain of events that led to horsemeat ending up being passed off as beef on UK supermarket shelves."

Beef Expo 2013

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link Eblex and Agri Benchmark to Showcase Beef and Lamb Sector Trends
link EDA Policy Conference 2013
link Show Dates

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