Duchy Home Farm visit

12th August 2020

Sir Geoffrey Clifton Brown MP for the Cotswolds was pleased to join the Minister for International Trade, Ranil Jayawardena MP, for a visit to Duchy Home Farm 

in Tetbury on Monday.  The farm manager, David Wilson provided an exceptionally interesting insight into how the organic farm operates.

The tour included the beef enterprise, made up of Aberdeen Angus, British Whites, and Gloucester cattle.  The Minister and Sir Geoffrey also visited the organic vegetable shop, environmentally conscious with brown paper bags and an honesty box.  An impressive milk vending machine provides organic milk produced by the cows the day before, difficult to get much fresher.

The Minister was particularly interested to learn how the very high standards that we adopt in British agriculture in organic and sustainable farming could be used to promote increased exports sales of agriculture produce around the world.   He said it was particularly pertinent at this time as Britain is negotiating deals with Austria, New Zealand, the U.S, and Japan.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton Brown commented:

“This visit really showcased the best British agriculture has to offer and as a farmer myself it was a real eye opener as to how other farmers operate.  From organic beef, to drought resistant maize, which is planted with deep roots more hardy to the type of weather we are having now, Duchy farm is innovative in its methods.

“ I am pleased the Minister was able to visit one of the many great farms based here in the Cotswolds.  The British agriculture sector has some of the best food standards, animal welfare, and environmental protections, which I am committed to supporting.  Thank you David and his team for a great tour.” 

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP joins minister Ranil Jayawardena MP at Duchy Home Farm

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