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Date Published: 19/03/2015

This year’s Exeter Merchants Lunch will take place on Thursday 19th March 2015. The venue will be the Sandy Park Conference Centre (Exeter Rugby Club) Sandy Park Way, Exeter, Devon EX2 7NN

The Exeter Merchants Lunch is a long established event and provides a unique and inexpensive opportunity for Members of the Feed & Grain Trade and all sectors of the Supply Trade to meet together at an informal gathering. The bar will open at 12 noon with a Buffet Lunch being served at approximately 1.00pm.

Following lunch a presentation will be made to the meeting by:Minette Batters – NFU Deputy PresidentMinette grew up living and working on-farm, with no succession tenancy available. It wasn’t until 1998 that she was able to secure a long-term Farm Business Tenancy. She built the business from nothing to over 300 head of stock, finishing Angus cattle on a premium scheme for a major retailer.Minette has also diversified into horse livery, converted a 17th century tithe barn into a wedding and corporate events venue, and runs a catering business which specialises in using home grown produce. Minette now employs two full time and up to 20 part time staff. More recently Minette has worked with industry and retailers to develop ‘Ladies in Beef’ and the ‘Great British Beef Week’.She has been an NFU member from grassroots through to County Chairman; she served as Wiltshire’s Council delegate and also as Regional Board Chairman for the South West. Minette has also been a member of NFU Governance Board and the agricultural representative on the SW Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Committee. She is also a focus writer and is regularly interviewed for local and national media.

Early booking is advised as space is limited and we expect that the event will once again be fully subscribed.12.00 noon Bar will open1 pm Buffet will be served1.30 pm Presentation 2 pm Socialising and Networking