THE Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) and ABP Food Group are working together to showcase North-ern Ireland Farm Quality Assured (NIFQA) beef, and the work of the local farmers who produce it, during Northern Ireland Beef Week.
NI Beef Week kicked off last Saturday. The week long initiative sees LMC, UFU and ABP highlight the many health, nutritional and environmental benefits of NIFQA beef. As part of this LMC has launched a social media campaign and welcomes contributions from LMC cookery demonstrators, local farmers and the staff team.
LMC Marketing and Commun-ications Manager Lauren Patterson said: “We are delighted to once again team up with industry bodies to promote our responsibly produced, nutritious, world class NIFQA beef. We have a hugely positive story to tell and we are looking forward to sharing key messages via print and digital platforms throughout the course of NI Beef Week.
“As the Northern Ireland beef and lamb industry’s promotional body, LMC is constantly looking at trends in the marketplace at home and abroad so that we can understand what is driving consumer behaviour. The publication of research into consumer behaviour since the onset of the pandemic has begun to paint a clear picture of the importance consumers place on the provenance and nutritional value of the food they eat.
“A case in point is the publication of the most recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey, which reports that 59 per cent of households say they have cooked at home more since the start of the pandemic. It is positive that consumers are rekindling their love of home cooking, and as NIFQA beef is so versatile and packed full of key nutrients, it remains a popular meal choice which the whole family can enjoy.”
Lauren also commented on how NIFQA beef farmers are contributing to an environmentally progressive industry. She said: “One of the key issues for our industry continues to be sustainability, with climate change now a topic of much debate. Our farmers are taking strides to enhance their contribution to climate change mitigation. It is thanks to their continued dedication to meet world leading standards for eco-conscious farming that we can with confidence claim that Northern Irish FQA beef is among the most sustainable in the world.
“The beef sector in Northern Ireland is an integral part of the local agri-food industry. Promoting the work of our farmers and the nutritional importance of including beef as part of a healthy balanced diet has never been more important. NI Beef Week is the perfect platform for us to communicate the benefits of NIFQA beef to consumers.”
UFU beef and lamb chair Pat McKay said: “Beef Week is a key event for the UFU and we’re delighted to be partnering with LMC again this year. It gives us the opportunity to come together to promote our world leading beef sector, showcasing how we sustainably produce high-quality NIFQA beef to world leading animal welfare and environmental standards.
“We’ve an extensive grass-fed system that enables us to produce our nutritious, high-quality beef products, helping maintain the iconic scenery that NI is renowned for. As custodians of the countryside, our beef farmers are a key part of the climate change solution and are continuing to do all they can to reduce emissions on-farm while producing beef for consumers.
“Thanks to the passion and dedication of our NI farmers, beef production is a major contributor to the economy and local communities. We’re delighted to put the spotlight on our local beef sector this week, celebrating everything the sector has to offer and those who work tirelessly within it making our products a firm favourite at home and abroad.”
ABP’s Head of Supply Chain Development Liam McCarthy com-
mented: “ABP is delighted to support Northern Ireland Beef Week again. It is one of several successful collaborations between ABP and LMC to promote NIFQA beef.
“The ABP Angus Youth Challenge is an important vehicle by which we are working with LMC to educate young people on the health, nutrition, and environmental benefits of NIFQA beef and the care with which it is produced.
“We look forward to building on that success further.”
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