Industry mourns loss of former NFMFT president

The meat industry is grieving the passing of Michael Beaumont, former president of the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT).

Michael Beaumont had agriculture in his blood, after being born in 1944 on a dairy farm in Colne, near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire. At the age of 13, he moved with his family to Fulbourn where his family ran a newsagent, grocery and provisions village shop. Upon leaving work, he attended the Chadacre Agricultural Institute for two years before returning to work for the next two years at a local mixed farm with arable, sheep, pigs and cattle.

His training as a butcher began when he was 20 and local butcher Richard Whitmore helped him open his first shop in Fulbourn. In 2016, he celebrated the 50th anniversary of his shop.

Aside from running his own store, Beaumont also started his own beef herd to supply the shop. He was committed throughout his career to source only the best-quality locally produced meat and often spoke on local radio, encouraging locally produced food.

The well-respected industry figure served as president of the Cambridge and District Master Butchers Association for three years, including its centenary year, and later joined the executive council of the NFMFT in May 2000, In 2002 he became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Butchers and was president of the NFMFT in 2005 and 2012.

"Michael was a great ambassador, not only for the NFMFT but also for the industry as a whole," said Roger Kelsey, CEO of the NFMFT. "He will be greatly missed."

He leaves his wife Paula, daughter Angela, son James and granddaughters Jade and Olivia.

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