Farming Delivers for the West Midlands
From fidget pie and Hereford beef to asparagus and oatcakes - Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire farmers are passionate about delivering quality food and drink for our tables.
They farm nearly 920,000 hectares of land, an area around 34 times the size of Birmingham, delivering seasonal vegetables and fruit, melt in the mouth beef, pork and poultry to our supermarkets, delis, farm shops, restaurants and other food businesses.
Succulent cheese, oils and exotic vegetables and herbs are also produced alongside award winning breakfast juice, wine, vodka, beer, perry and cider.
The Bulmers cider plant, at Ledbury, takes delivery of a massive 100,000 tonnes of apples each season, most of which are grown within 40 miles of Hereford.
A lot of the region’s farmland is also in active environmental management showing farming delivers for wildlife species and habitats.
West Midlands’ farms also make a serious contribution to the economy in terms of food production and jobs delivering around £800 towards GDP for every hectare of land.
This is worth £744 million in total, not including the contribution farm businesses make through rural tourism.