Farmers downed tools from discussing the Common Agricultural Policy and took the bit between their teeth debating horse meat contamination at the annual National Farmers’ Union conference in Birmingham last week.

For lunch, they were treated to a slap-up spread of British products.

Ironically, one of the firms at the heart of the crisis - ABP Food Group - supplied the beef for the meal.

Farmers will be hoping it was all just part of a stable diet.