National Beef Association
For everyone with an interest in the British beef industry

NBA Invite farmers to attend an open farm walk and meeting kindly hosted at Angrove Farm in Wiltshire

11th August 2017

Region: National

The NBA have announced that they will be visiting Angrove Farm in Wiltshire on Wednesday the 13th September as part of their roadshow of farm tours which will be held up and down the country with mainline sponsor AB Vista.

Nigel Parfitt will be opening the gates for visit Angrove Farm, a 350 acre Approved Finishing Unit (AFU) with grazing set in the heart of Wiltshire. Nigel runs a low input system, finishing both native cattle and steers from the dairy industry on a forage based diet. The farm consist of mainly sandy clay soils, all put down to permanent pasture. On a separate site Nigel also farms another 300 acres of pasture. In total, the two units hold approx. 500 store cattle at any one time.

The range of native stores finished at Angrove include; Aberdeen Angus, Hereford, Devon, Galloway, Highland and Dexter. Most cattle are sold fat through normal channels; however, Nigel has also diversified the farm, producing beef boxes from the native cattle to sell locally to the end consumer. He also runs several charity events on the farm. This year the farm will host a day of wood sticks, nature crafts and music for a homeless charity.  

The meeting will commence at 6.30pm and is open to all with an interest in the Beef Industry.

Following the tour there will be a presentation on “Optimising rumen function for improved meat eating quality” by Dr. Jamie-Leigh Douglas, Technical Support Manager for AB Vista.  Finally, there will be AHDB and NBA updates, looking at the importance on Meat Eating Quality and updating farmers on Brexit, WTO and other upcoming NBA events. The meeting will be followed by refreshments.

Speaking on the meeting, David Thomlinson, Chairman of the NBA said “We look forward to taking visitors to Angrove Farm, a notable example of a traditional farm which has diversified to produce for several markets in a unique system. The NBA would like to thank Mr Parfitt and his family for agreeing to host the meeting and AB Vista for their support and sponsorship.”

Attendance is BY BOOKING ONLY to allow us to confirm catering requirements. To Book your FREE place email [email protected] or call Head Office on 01434 601005.

Hurry as meetings are booking up fast!