Farming Matters: This is the week for beef

Great British Beef Week is organised by Ladies in Beef each year to coincide with St George’s Day and lasts from April 23 through to May 3.

By Heather Jan Brunt
Sunday, 26th April 2015, 6:00 am
Sunday roast with beef and Yorkshire puddings
Sunday roast with beef and Yorkshire puddings

So how will you celebrate it? Will you go for a steak or a roast?

Well according to a new poll your choice depends on your age.

In a survey amongst meat eaters conducted by YouGov to find Britain’s favourite beef dish, steak topped the bill (29%), beating a roast into second place (23%) and spaghetti bolognaise into third (14%).

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Delving deeper, the results showed that it is the younger meat eater generation who are championing steak, compared to the 55s and over who clearly favour a traditional roast.

Ladies in Beef co-founder Jilly Greed said: “Eating habits have clearly changed over recent years, with younger consumers favouring more cosmopolitan style dishes.

“What they don’t disagree on however is that beef is a fantastically versatile meat which is easy to cook with.

“Eight out of 10 respondents who eat meat agreed that beef can be used in lots of versatile recipes (83%), with cottage pie (8%), chilli con carne (6%), beef casserole (6%) and beef curry (4%) picked as some of the other top choices.

“This is fantastic news for Great British Beef Week, which sets out to showcase the quality and versatility of assured British beef.

“It is also encouraging to note that seven out of 10 respondents prefer to buy British beef (69%), recognising the fantastic job the British beef farmers do in producing quality meat.”

So whatever your choice, here’s hoping you can enjoy a beef dish this week.