Kentish youngsters discovered how locally produced beef makes its way into school meals on St George’s Day, during Great British Beef Week (April 21/27).
Twelve pupils, aged between 15 and 17, from Milestone Academy, New Ash Green, went behind the scenes at Glovers’ Quality Meats, Hartley Bottom Farm, Longfield on April 23rd. They were joined by six pupils from nearby Meopham Community Academy.
Glovers’ Quality Meats feature in meals served in 17 Kent primary schools and at Milestone Academy. Following the horsemeat scandal, farmer and NFU member Roy Glover was asked by teachers to organise an educational tour of the butcher’s shop and cutting room at Glover’s Quality Meats.
Roy Glover says: “We’re delighted to help these young people discover how our beef is served in their school meals on this special day. They will have a chance to map the whole food chain, from farm to fork, so hopefully they’ll really appreciate the rigorous standards behind Great British Beef and the other meats we produce!”
The youngsters rounded off their visit by meeting the animals at Hartley Bottom Farm.
Kent NFU County Adviser Catherine Langrish says: “These young people had an unforgettable morning and a unique insight into where their food comes from. Educational visits to farms can cement confidence in British farming and food production and demonstrate how our farmers meet world class standards for animal welfare, food safety and traceability.”
For details contact Julie Patrick at Glovers’ Quality Meats on: 01474 872970 or: 07910 002983.