Beef Shorthorn step into the City of London
Leading a celebration of British livestock
Beef Shorthorn demonstrated its natural docility when we took two, eight month-old youngsters in to the heart of the City of London to head up a Seasonal Celebration of British Livestock.
Longfield Lovely Exhibit and Kassam of Longfield carried off their outing with aplomb on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral surrounded by a BBC TV film crew, a barrage of photographers including The Times and Telegraph and a mounted troop of the Light Cavalry Honourable Artillery Company with a backdrop of noise from the morning city traffic, before completing their 300-mile round trip from Mark Stoneham’s Stanford Park Farm, Faringdon, Oxford with farm manager, Simon Farmer and Tina Russell.
The pair also caught the eye of hundreds of onlookers, eager to find out more about Beef Shorthorn. They included City workers and tourists from as far afield as Canada and China, as well as curious listeners to BBC Radio 4 Farming Today which had broadcast a piece earlier that morning with Tina Russell discussing the day’s outing.
Before ‘blessing’ the Beef Shorthorn, the Cathedral’s Precentor, Revd Canon Michael Hampel asked the people gathered to think about the great human and animal story that lies behind the lunchtime sandwich. With so many stresses and strains on those who produce our food to the highest of health and welfare standards, it was vital to remember the cost to the farming community.
The morning continued with over 150 farmers and industry members attending a seasonal celebration in St Brides Church followed by lunch at nearby Stationers Hall. Shorthorn beef, provided by the breed society, featured on the menu together with seasonal local produce.
Proceeds from the event, which was organized by Shepherd Publishing, went to London City Farms, a leading farm education charity.
For the second consecutive year we were thrilled to have this opportunity to raise the breed’s profile in the city, as well as provide an impromptu spectacle to hundreds of people and introduce them to our farmgate story.