‘We’re proud to produce your food’ – farming’s Lord Mayor’s Show message

Agriculture will have a prominent place in the 803rd Lord Mayor’s Show procession on Saturday (November 10) as the Worshipful Company of Farmers takes the Back British Farming message into the heart of the City of London.

Supported by the NFU, alongside farm machinery manufacturer Massey Ferguson and Red Tractor, the float will have the message: “We’re proud to produce your food”.

Surrey Docks farm’s team of livestock apprentices and junior volunteers will also take part in the show.

This year’s entry led by Rosemary Carne, the newly installed master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers, will feature a Massey Ferguson IDEAL 9T combine harvester, a new Massey 6714S tractor and a hamper of food that will be presented to the new Lord Mayor, Peter Estlin.

The parade will also include eight young farmers, each chosen from the NFU’s regions for having made an outstanding contribution to the agricultural sector.

‘Promoting a vibrant industry’

Worshipful Company of Farmers master Rosemary Carne said: “With the generosity and support of the NFU, Massey Ferguson and Red Tractor Assurance, the Farmers Company’s 2018 entry is going to wow the London crowds with our impressive tractor, combine harvester and enthusiastic young farmers promoting our vibrant farming industry.

“We also know the Lord Mayor will enjoy his hamper containing the best of British produced, quality food.”

NFU vice president Stuart Roberts said: “This will be the fifth year the NFU has supported the Worshipful Company of Farmers in the Lord Mayor’s show, an event which provides us with the perfect opportunity to showcase the best of British food and farming to millions of people and explain the crucial role of British farming and its place in the wider food industry.

Our eight young farmers representing the NFU on Saturday will do a fantastic job as they all share a passion – playing a vital role in helping to produce safe, traceable and affordable food for us all to enjoy.

Jim Moseley, Red Tractor chief executive officer, said: “The easiest way shoppers can Back British Farming is to look out for the Red Tractor logo when buying their food and drink, so to have an invitation to support the Worshipful Company of Farmers at this year’s show was of course, enthusiastically received.

“We have been inundated with farmers offering their support to spend the day flying the Red Tractor flag and so a big thanks to all the organisers and participants.”

Readers can look out for the Worshipful Company of Farmers’ entry (number 45) in the procession during the live BBC coverage of the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday, November 10 from 10:45am.