Minette 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 (FBT). Since then, she has built a business from nothing to over 300 head of stock.
With a herd of pedigree Hereford cattle running alongside a herd of 100 Simmental cross suckler cows, she specialises in selling premium store cattle.
Minette runs a diversified, mixed farming business that includes horse livery, a wedding and corporate events venue, and a catering business specialising in home-grown produce, which now employs two full-time and up to 20 part-time staff.
Minette co-founded the campaigning initiatives 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 leads on tenancy issues for the NFU Tenants Forum. She has also been a member of NFU Governance Board and the agricultural representative on the South West Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Committee. She is also a focus writer and is regularly interviewed for local and national media.Back to 2018 Conference speakers