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After the Club’s Annual General Meeting at noon on Tuesday 7th July, members are invited to stay on for a special luncheon, during which NFU Deputy President Minette Batters will be the guest speaker.
Minette grew up living and working on a farm, but with no succession tenancy available she had to wait until 1998 to secure a long-term Farm Business Tenancy. From a standing start she built the business from nothing to over 300 head of stock, finishing Angus cattle on a premium scheme for a major retailer, the NFU’s website explains.
Her business has also diversified into horse livery, converted a 17th century tithe barn into a wedding and corporate events venue, and now runs a catering operation, which specialises in using home grown produce. Two full-time and up to 20 part-time staff are employed, and Minette recently worked with industry and retailers to develop ‘Ladies in Beef’ and the ‘Great British Beef Week’.
Her NFU involvement grew from grassroots through to County Chairman, serving as Wiltshire’s Council delegate and also as Regional Board Chairman for the South West. Minette has been a member of NFU Governance Board and the agricultural representative on the SW Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Committee. She is also a focus writer and is regularly interviewed for local and national media.
Tickets for this special luncheon in the Club on Tuesday 7th July are priced at £42.00.