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Hotel boost for Dales beef farmers

[Thursday 13 April 2006]

MORE of us than ever before are wanting to know where our food comes from, and later this month a Yorkshire Dales hotel will be hosting a special event featuring beef born and bred by Dales farmers.

James Martin, Celebrity Chef and Star of Strictly Come Dancing, is coming to cook at The Devonshire Fell at Burnsall.

Louise Williams of the Limestone Country project with traditional Dales cattle
Louise Williams of the Limestone Country project
with traditional Dales cattle

Always a hugely popular entertainer James is also very keen to promote the use of local foodstuffs and no more so than in his home county of Yorkshire.

On Friday 28th April he will be cooking at The Devonshire Fell using Limestone Country Beef - produced from rare breed cattle introduced to the limestone Wharfedale fells as part of a major conservation project.

Run in conjunction with local farmers, English Nature and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the project aims to help preserve the wide variety of flora that grew on the fells after the sheep were removed during the "foot and mouth" epidemic.

The intense sheep farming had eroded the variety of grasses and flowers, but now with the introduction of mixed farming, in particular the re-introduction of native upland rarebreed cattle the flowers have been allowed to flourish again.

In a boost for farmers taking part in the project, their beef is now available to buy over the internet and in a number of shops around the Yorkshire Dales.

  • Tickets for the dinner are £59 per head and can be booked by calling the Devonshire Fell on 01756 718155
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