Cyclists Beef-Up in Preparation for Great British Beef Week

A team of cyclists will embark on a gruelling 300 mile cycle ride to mark to start of Great British Beef Week in April.

The cyclists aim to celebrate and draw attention to the UK beef industry, which has lost over 100,000 beef breeding cows over the last three years (a decline of nearly 7%, and accelerating), while raising funds for R.A.B.I..

The ride begins in Bakewell on 21 April, and the team of five will visit eight auction marts throughout the East Midlands over three days. The ride also kicks off a series of R.A.B.I. fundraising events in celebration of British Beef, with Great British Beef Week officially starting on 23 April.

Great British Beef Week is organised by Ladies in Beef, an organisation of female beef farmers who care passionately about British beef, to help promote and drive awareness of the quality and versatility of British beef. For the third year running, R.A.B.I. are thrilled to be Ladies in Beef’s chosen charity for the campaign.
Alastair Sneddon, one of the R.A.B.I. committee members to take up the 300 mile challenge said: “The idea of a bike ride always appeals and the opportunity to support R.A.B.I. and promote Great British Beef Week is a particularly great reason to hop on the bike.”

He added: “However, I can confirm that the ordeal will be extremely tough, somewhat in contrast to British beef, although having sat on a saddle for three hundred miles my posterior will probably be just as tender!”

To boost their fundraising efforts, the riders are looking for sponsors for each of the eight legs of the ride (£150 each). The cyclists will visit auction marts in Bakewell, Newark, Louth, Spalding, Thrapston, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray and Derby, before returning to Bakewell at around 4pm on Thursday 23 April.

R.A.B.I. is also asking Great British beef fans to join in and show their support by taking to social media and tweeting beef-related images and comment throughout the week. You can send your snaps of beef dinners or a pic of your favourite beast to @rabicharity using the hashtag #BeefItUp. You can also donate to R.A.B.I. by sending a text with RABI18 followed by the £ sign and the amount you wish to donate to 70070 (eg RABI18£5).

R.A.B.I. Development Manager Suzy Deeley said: “The beef industry’s image has suffered over the last couple of decades and working with Ladies in Beef we want people to recognise the vital role livestock production plays in putting our food on the table. We’re looking forward to a lot of fun over the week!”

Great British Beef Week runs from 23 April – 3 May and getting involved is easy – so #BeefItUp and email or call 01865 724931 for a fundraising pack.

Sweepstake Sweet Donation!

120 – the amount in pound sterling of this year’s feed wheat as published in Farmers Weekly on 21 November – and the answer that contestants tried to match in the NFU Horncastle and Coningsby branch sweepstake. The competition, which was held in aid of R.A.B.I. was the second annual competition run by the branch.

Although the 2014 wheat harvest is expected to be around 16 million tonnes, the fluctuating wheat price, increase in input costs and severe weather have made it a difficult year for many. R.A.B.I. distributed approximately £70,000 to farming people in Lincolnshire in 2013, many of whom were struggling financially and of working age.

R.A.B.I. regional manager Milly Wastie said: “It’s wonderful to receive continued support from the NFU branch and farming community within Lincolnshire. All funds raised really will make a difference to Lincolnshire farming families with the provision of items such as household goods, mobility equipment, emergency grants and food vouchers. There is an annual shortfall of around £40,000 in Lincolnshire and it is hoped that this competition will increase awareness and fundraising within the region.”

The outcome of the sweepstake was announced at the branch’s recent annual meeting with Douglas Laird declared winner by guessing £123 per tonne, with the actual price standing at £120 per tonne. Mr Laird, a local farmer was presented with the Ray Curtis memorial trophy and a cheque for £150 with R.A.B.I. also collecting a donation for £150. NFU Horncastle and Coningsby had also donated £2,250 from their annual dinner dance in 2013.
If you would like to find out more about getting involved in fundraising with R.A.B.I. in Lincolnshire, contact Milly Wastie on: 07525 323450.

Lucky Strike at Cereals

Roger Chase, Agriculture Manager of Spaldings with the R.A.B.I. lucky dip draw

With thanks to Spaldings of Lincoln who once again offered generous support at the Cereals event. All customers placing an order during the show were entered into a free prize draw where they could pick a football in the World Cup lucky-dip and a donation was given to R.A.B.I. A fantastic £400 was raised!

Lincolnshire Clay Shoot

(Courtesy of James Milnes) Left-right: R.A.B.I. regional manager Milly Wastie, Lincolnshire R.A.B.I. chairman Hugh Wykes, Steve Smith and NFU Deputy President Minette Batters

With thanks to Lincolnshire's Steve Smith who chose R.A.B.I to benefit from a clay shoot organised to give back to the very charities that had helped him. Steve waived his anonymity to promote the charity shoot and helped raise a huge £1100 for R.A.B.I. and the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust.

The shoot was held at Nettleton Lodge near Caistor and attracted supporters from across the county to take part in the 35-bird competition. Steve said: "I would like to thank everyone who came along on the day and helped to raise money for important causes close to my heart." Steve hopes to continue the good work with plans for a clay shoot in 2015.

Steve presented regional manager Milly Wastie a cheque for £550 at the Lincolnshire Show

Farmers weigh-in for Spaldings

Lincolnshire-based Spaldings held a farmers’ weigh-in at the LAMMA machinery show in Peterborough in January which raised £500 for R.A.B.I..
Visitors were asked to step on the scales and the firm donated £10 for every one of the 50 tonnes of total weight recorded.

Photo: Spaldings’ staff Roger Goodwin, Jason Smith and Eddie Edwards start the weigh-in at LAMMA.

£10 per Tonne at LAMMA

23 January 2014

A farmers’ weigh-in at the LAMMA machinery show in Peterborough in February raised £500 for R.A.B.I..

Organised by Lincolnshire-based Spaldings, visitors to their stand were asked to step on the scales and the firm promised to donate £10 for every tonne recorded.

The grand total was around 50 tonnes and so a cheque for £500 is now on its way to R.A.B.I..

Some of Spaldings staff adding to the weight

Pictured here starting the weight-in clock are employees Jason, Eddie and Roger.


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