2019 MEMBERS COUNTRY MEETING - BOOKINGS CLOSE 31 MAY

There are still a few places left if you would like to join the Club’s annual Members Country Meeting this year being held 26-29 June in and around Ludlow - either as a day guest or staying overnight. Highlights include: tour of the Earl of Plymouth Estate with its beef, sheep and dairy enterprises; a behind-the-scenes visit to Ludlow Farm Shop; Members Annual Meeting with our President in attendance; gala dinner and after-dinner speaker Lord Digby Jones; visit to ABP Ellesmere or Stokesay Court. Bookings close 31st May. Please click HERE for an overview of the programme and HERE for the booking form. We look forward to seeing you in June. All welcome!

SMITHFIELD FORUM STRATEGY GROUP UPDATE

SUMMARY OF THE MEETING OF THE STRATEGY GROUP OF THE SMITHFIELD FORUM HELD AT CHURCH HOUSE, WESTMINSTER, 20 MARCH 2019

 OVERVIEW

Following the launch of the Smithfield Forum at the House of Lords in January, it was agreed to hold quarterly follow-up meetings of a Strategy Group to identify four key issues that the Forum should focus on. With this in mind, four speakers were invited to give a summary of their organisation’s current activity and an overview of the issues and challenges they see facing the industry. The speakers were: Douglas Bell, Director of Strategic Engagement, QMS; Dr Owen Roberts, Communications Director, HCC/Meat Promotion Wales; James Wilde, Head of Media & PR, AHDB; and Jim Moseley, Chief Executive, Red Tractor. We were fortunate to have Stuart Roberts, Vice President, NFU to then give comments.

 FORWARD ACTIONS

After lengthy discussion, four key areas of activity were identified and agreed for future action:

·         A more joined-up approach from the entire industry in promoting the British Red Meat brand, creating a point of difference for the UK

·         To encourage the publishing of scientific work demonstrating the carbon/environmental footprint of red meat production as opposed to the global figures currently used

·         To request that the levy boards carry out a piece of desk-top research to identify what work, if any, has been completed to support the economic benefit of grazing livestock for environmental enhancement

·         To encourage wider and more efficient promotion of red meat to the consumer focusing on the UK’s leading position in animal welfare, production standards, healthy eating, environment, sustainability and eating quality

 HRH COUNTESS OF WESSEX PRESENTS BICENTENARY TROPHY

Joining us at the summary stage and contributing to the discussion was the Club’s President HRH The Countess of Wessex who went on to present the Royal Smithfield Bicentenary Trophy to Heather Jenkins, former Director of Waitrose, for her outstanding contribution to the British livestock industry over thirty years.

 DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next Smithfield Forum Strategy Group Meeting is due to be held within the Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh, 20th June 2019.

 

ROYAL SMITHFIELD CLUB MEMBERSHIP

ROYAL SMITHFIELD CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Members Country Meeting/President’s Weekend 2018

Members Country Meeting/President’s Weekend 2018

The Trustees have given considerable thought to restructuring Club Membership to achieve greater benefit.  A membership fee structure is being introduced to allow the Club to not only continue its valued charitable work for the farming community but to also play a central role in helping the sector tackle the many difficult challenges it faces. The Club intends to do this through its recently established Smithfield Forum initiative where it will act as the catalyst for the livestock and meat production sectors through targeted lobbying, and through more effective communication. We believe this upscaled activity will bring enormous benefits to our industry but will also bring some additional costs, hence the need now for a membership fee structure.

 With this in mind, we are establishing different tiers of Membership with varied benefits and subscription levels. Membership of the Royal Smithfield Club is open to anyone who wishes to support the Club and its charitable aims: Full (£50pa), Life (£975), Corporate (£750pa), Independent (£95pa), Youth (£30pa).

Membership will run from 1st April in line with the Club’s financial year

 MEMBERSHIP TIERS

-       Full Member. £50pa. Benefits include: attendance and voting at the Annual Members' Meeting; right to stand for election to Board of Trustees; attendance at Members Country Meeting; quarterly newsletter; reduced entry fee for Club competitions and other activities.

-       Life Member. £975. Membership for the lifetime of the named individual. Benefits as per Full Member: attendance and voting at the Annual Members' Meeting; right to stand for election to Board of Trustees; attendance at Members Country Meeting; quarterly newsletter; reduced entry fee for Club competitions and other activities.

-       Corporate Member. £750pa. Corporate stakeholder organisations are invited to apply for Membership nominating an individual staff or Board member to be part of the Smithfield Forum - a united voice for the British red meat supply chain. Further benefits are: attendance and voting at Annual Members' Meeting; attendance at Members Country Meeting; quarterly Newsletter.

-       Independent Member. £95pa. As above (Corporate Member) but aimed at individuals within the red meat industry who wish to be involved in the Smithfield Forum. Or for Corporate Members who wish an additional member/s of staff to join the Forum. 

-       Youth Member. £30pa. Up to and including 28 years of age. Benefits include: attendance and voting at the Annual Members' Meeting; right to stand for election to Board of Trustees; attendance at Members Country Meeting; quarterly newsletter; reduced entry fee for Club competitions and other activities. 

How To Join

You will find a Membership form to complete online in the MEMBERSHIP section of the Club’s website. Once completed, please press SUBMIT and your application will be sent to the office who will raise an invoice for your subscription in due course. Alternatively, please email office@royalsmithfieldclub.co.uk. Alternatively, click HERE for a Membership Application form. 

Please note, those who already hold Honorary/Life Membership of the Club will continue to do so. However, they may consider joining as an Independent Member in order to help with furthering the aims of the Club.

 The Trustees very much hope you will lend your support in this way to help the Club further its objectives in the coming years. Thank you.

 

HRH THE COUNTESS OF WESSEX PRESENTS BICENTENARY TROPHY TO FORMER WAITROSE DIRECTOR HEATHER JENKINS

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex presenting the Royal Smithfield Bicentenary Trophy to the 2018/19 winner Mrs Heather Jenkins in recognition of her major contribution to the British livestock industry over the past thirty years. Pictured (far left) is David Gunner, Joint Chief Executive Dovecote Park Ltd and (far right) William Bedell, Chairman Royal Smithfield Club

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex presenting the Royal Smithfield Bicentenary Trophy to the 2018/19 winner Mrs Heather Jenkins in recognition of her major contribution to the British livestock industry over the past thirty years. Pictured (far left) is David Gunner, Joint Chief Executive Dovecote Park Ltd and (far right) William Bedell, Chairman Royal Smithfield Club

The Royal Smithfield Club’s President HRH The Countess of Wessex has presented former Waitrose & Partners Director Heather Jenkins with the Club’s annual Bicentenary Trophy in recognition of 30 years of outstanding service to the agriculture and meat sectors.

 The Countess thanked Mrs Jenkins for her dedication and commitment to UK farming as the Award was presented to her following an industry strategy group meeting of the Smithfield Forum at Convocation Hall, Westminster, London.

 As Waitrose & Partners Director for Meat, Poultry, Fish, Frozen Food and Dairy, and Director of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Strategy, Heather Jenkins pioneered many industry-leading initiatives during her career as well as working extensively to positively influence Government food and farming policies.

L-R Geoff Burgess Deputy President RSC, John Dracup Industry Strategy Director RSC, David Gunner Joint Chief Executive Dovecote Park, Heather Jenkins, HRH The Countess of Wessex, William Bedell Chairman RSC & Richard Saunders Secretary RSC

L-R Geoff Burgess Deputy President RSC, John Dracup Industry Strategy Director RSC, David Gunner Joint Chief Executive Dovecote Park, Heather Jenkins, HRH The Countess of Wessex, William Bedell Chairman RSC & Richard Saunders Secretary RSC

Announcing the Award, Club Chairman William Bedell said Mrs Jenkins’s influence on UK farming and livestock production had been both positive and wide ranging. “Her role in the success of Waitrose & Partners support for UK agriculture and the success of the wider business cannot be overstated and neither can her support for and love of farming.”

Mrs Jenkins supported a policy that ensured Waitrose & Partners pioneered short supply chains, close links with its farmers and the sale of mostly British produced meat. She also insisted on award-winning animal welfare standards across its supply chain including in the production of its Continental meats. All positions it continues to maintain.

 Her wider support of British farming has led to many claimed UK industry firsts including male dairy calves into the beef and veal supply chain, and a Farming Partnership scheme to help farmers manage costs, drive innovation and research, and reduce their dependence on imported soya beans for animal feed. She also positioned Waitrose to become the first supermarket buyer to sell only free-range eggs.  

“From lairage design to butchery standards, factory design, improved animal welfare and industry-leading relationships with farmers, fishermen, and other suppliers Heather has been involved,” Mr Bedell said.

NOTES

1.    The Royal Smithfield Club Bicentenary Trophy celebrates the bicentenary of the founding of the Smithfield Club in 1798. The trophy is awarded each year to a person or organisation deemed to have made a significant contribution to the UK meat industry.  Recipients can be from any part of the industry - from livestock producers through education, research, processing to retailing.

2.    Heather Jenkins is the 19th recipient of the annual Award which includes presentation of the Club’s Armada Shield.

3.    Past winners are:

                                                2000 Sir Donald T.Y. Curry, CBE
                                                2001 Frederick J. Mallion, MBE
                                                2002 John Thorley, OBE
                                                2003 The Late Jack Woodhead
                                                2004 Norman Bagley
                                                2005 David Raine
                                                2006 J. Alan H. Stevenson, OBE
                                                2007 Ian Galloway, CBE, ARAgS
                                                2008 Dr Basil G. Lowman, MBE
                                                2009 Richard M. Cracknell
                                                2010 Professor Geoff Simm
                                                2011 J. Rees Roberts, OBE, BSc (Hons), FRAgS
                                                2012 H.R.H. The Prince of Wales
                                                2013 The Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust
                                                2014 David B Gunner
                                                2015 John Cross
                                                2016 Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, OBE
                                                2017 Robert Forster, FRAgS

 

MEMBERS COUNTRY MEETING SET FOR 26-29 JUNE

2019 MEMBERS COUNTRY MEETING 26-29 JUNE 2019

Ludlow Farm Shop

Ludlow Farm Shop

 The 2019 Royal Smithfield Club Members Country Meeting is to be held 26-29 June in and around Ludlow and the Earl of Plymouth Estate with its impressive and award-winning Ludlow Farm Shop. To book please fill in the form below and return by 12th April. Our theme this year is ‘Field to Plate’ and there is no better place to see this in action. Ludlow Farm Shop is passionate about local produce, with 80% of the food sold coming from Shropshire and its surrounding counties. Uniquely, over half of products are made in its own production units that surround the shop floor and we will have an exclusive tour of the artisan producers making much of the food you will eat during your three days in Shropshire!

 The Earl of Plymouth Estate extends to approximately 8,000 acres with all of the beef, lamb and Gloucester Old Spot pork coming off the farm along with the milk used to make its cheese and dairy products. The livestock enterprise includes 300 head of dairy, 2,000 ewes comprising Welsh Mules and purebred Lleyns as well as a dairy-bred suckler herd – all AI’d to Limousin bulls.

 This year’s Members Country Meeting will be a three-night stay with Members arriving on the afternoon of the Wednesday (26th) and departing after breakfast on the Saturday (29th). The Club has block-booked two hotels (Fishmore Hall & The Cliffe at Dinham) however Members may wish to make alternative accommodation arrangements or, for those living locally, join us as day guests – costs are published below. Please note that the Club will be introducing new Membership tiers and fees from 1st April so Members are respectfully asked to join the Royal Smithfield Club and pay the appropriate subscription (see ROYAL SMITHFIELD CLUB MEMBERSHIP section on the website).  

On the Friday, a visit is planned to ABP’s flagship facility at Ellesmere, Shropshire which underwent a £30 million investment programme in 2015. The new unit is one of Europe’s most advanced, efficient and energy sustainable beef processing operations. The plant employs over 700 people and receives cattle from more than 2,000 farmers - mainly from Shropshire and Cheshire in England, and from Powys in Wales. It includes the very highest in international animal welfare standards including a Temple Grandin-designed lairage alongside many innovative features in order to reduce animal stress. Video Imaging Analysis (VIA) has also been introduced for improved carcase grading which sees a 3D image of every carcase taken and stored – providing valuable feedback to farmers, which will ultimately help them to improve the yield of future cattle. ABP Ellesmere is also the first beef processing facility in Europe to be certified a carbon neutral building by the Carbon Neutral Company. Helping achieve this certification has been the installation of a new Combined Heat & Power (CHP) unit.

 An alternative to ABP Ellesmere is a visit to the nearby Stokesay Court which includes a guided tour of this magnificent late-Victorian Grade II-listed mansion imposingly set within extensive landscaped grounds and awe-inspiring gardens, with far ranging views towards Ludlow. It includes a behind-the-scenes insight into the filming of the critically-acclaimed ‘Atonement,’ starring Keira Knightley & James McAvoy followed by a two-course lunch. Additional displays tell the fascinating story of Stokesay's role as an auxiliary military hospital during WWI. 

With a full and varied programme on offer, we very much hope as many Members as possible will be able to attend for what promises to be a fantastic gathering!

 Members Country Meeting - Provisional Timetable

Weds 26 June – Arrival Day

Check-in from 3pm

4pm Trustees meeting

Informal dinner at leisure – either at own hotel or any number of excellent restaurants in Ludlow - at own cost

Thurs 27 June - Full day on the Earl of Plymouth Estate including tour of Ludlow Farm Shop, Estate & Members Annual Meeting

Breakfast 7.30-9.30

10am Welcome & Introduction to Estate

10.30am – 12pm Morning programme (split into two groups)

  • Either Farm, hydro-electric turbines, granary, calf unit

  • Or Farm shop ‘behind the scenes’, Ludlow Kitchen, shopping

12.30pm Members Annual Meeting at the nearby Ludlow Racecourse

1.15pm Light buffet lunch (all)

2-3.30pm Afternoon programme (split into two groups as above)

3.30-4.30pm Tea with Lord & Lady Plymouth at Oakly Park

7pm Drinks reception Fishmore Hall (all)

8pm Gala dinner Fishmore Hall (all)

9.30pm After-dinner speaker Lord Digby Jones

Fri 28 June

Breakfast 7.30-9.30

10am depart on coaches to visit either ABP Ellesmere or Stokesay Court

5pm approx. arrive hotels

7.30pm Drinks reception Cliffe At Dinham (all)

8pm Informal dinner at Cliffe at Dinham (all) including presentation by RASC Next Generation delegate Harry Huddart

Sat 29 June

Breakfast 8-9.30am

Check-out by 11am

Costs

Resident at Fishmore Hall (www.fishmorehall.co.uk)  

Per couple £715. Per single £575

What’s included….

Three nights’ B&B accommodation (Weds, Thurs, Fri)

Thursday drinks reception and gala dinner including wine on table at Fishmore Hall

Friday pre-dinner drink, and dinner with wine on table at Cliffe at Dinham

Dog friendly (allowed in bistro not restaurant)

Use of spa

What’s not included….

Wednesday dinner

Spa treatments (these may be booked in advance)

Supplement £40pp for optional Stokesay Court visit Friday (includes two-course lunch)

Additional drinks etc charged to your room

Prices inclusive of VAT

 Resident at the Cliffe at Dinham (www.thecliffeatdinham.co.uk) 

Per couple £685. Per single £545

What’s included….

Three nights’ B&B accommodation (Weds, Thurs, Fri)

Thursday drinks reception and gala dinner including wine on table at Fishmore Hall

Friday pre-dinner drink, and dinner with wine on table at Cliffe at Dinham

What’s not included….

Wednesday dinner

Supplement £40pp for optional Stokesay Court visit Friday (includes two-course lunch)

Dogs allowed (but not in restaurant) £10 per dog per night

Additional drinks etc charged to your room

Prices inclusive of VA

Members making their own accommodation arrangements or joining us as day guests

-       Thursday only (includes bus, lunch, drinks, dinner) £100 per person incl VAT

-       Friday only (includes bus, lunch, drinks, dinner) £80 per person incl VAT

-       Thursday AND Friday (includes bus, lunch, drinks, dinner) £170 per person incl VAT

Note, supplement £40 per person for Stokesay Court (includes two-course lunch)

 How To Book

Please click HERE for a booking form and return by Friday 12th April 2019. Bookings are on a ‘first come-first served’ basis as room numbers are limited with a maximum of 60 people forseen. We will endeavour to allocate you to your chosen hotel but this cannot be guaranteed. You are most welcome to circulate details of the Members Country Meeting to other prospective Members who may like to be involved with the Smithfield Club.

 

COUNTESS OF WESSEX IS NEW SMITHFIELD PRESIDENT. HOUSE OF LORDS FORUM PLOTS WAY FORWARD FOR RED MEAT SECTOR

HRH The Countess of Wessex is new President of The Royal Smithfield Club

House of Lords Forum plots way forward for livestock and red meat sector

 Club announces a range of initiatives for the coming year

HRH The Countess of Wessex (centre) pictured with (L-R) John Dracup Industry Strategy Director Royal Smithfield Club, Andrew Laughton Chief Executive National Beef Association, Prys Morgan Procurement Director Kepak-St Merryn, Tom Kirwan Chief Executive ABP, Robbie Galloway CEO Scotbeef, David Gunner Chief Executive Dovecote Park, Mark Allan Dawn/Dunbia, William Bedell Chairman Royal Smithfield Club

HRH The Countess of Wessex (centre) pictured with (L-R) John Dracup Industry Strategy Director Royal Smithfield Club, Andrew Laughton Chief Executive National Beef Association, Prys Morgan Procurement Director Kepak-St Merryn, Tom Kirwan Chief Executive ABP, Robbie Galloway CEO Scotbeef, David Gunner Chief Executive Dovecote Park, Mark Allan Dawn/Dunbia, William Bedell Chairman Royal Smithfield Club

HRH The Countess of Wessex has become the new President of The Royal Smithfield Club. The Countess has become increasingly involved with the agricultural world in recent years and supports a number of farming organisations. Club Chairman William Bedell said: “We are honoured that Her Royal Highness has agreed to be our President and we look forward to working with her in what will be a year of important developments for the Club.”

In her first engagement as President of The Royal Smithfield Club, Her Royal Highness attended a red meat industry supply chain forum at the House of Lords, London, hosted by Baroness Byford and organised by the Club.

Speakers at the Smithfield Forum were (L-R) John Dracup Industry Strategy Director Royal Smithfield Club, Nick Allen Director British Meat Processors Association, David Gunner Chief Executive Dovecote Park, David Hall North West Regional Director NFU, Donald Biggar Club Trustee, Neil Gourlay Club Trustee

Speakers at the Smithfield Forum were (L-R) John Dracup Industry Strategy Director Royal Smithfield Club, Nick Allen Director British Meat Processors Association, David Gunner Chief Executive Dovecote Park, David Hall North West Regional Director NFU, Donald Biggar Club Trustee, Neil Gourlay Club Trustee

 The Forum, held to discuss key industry issues and how to address them, was attended by more than 70 representatives of the livestock and red meat sectors including key lobbying organisations, levy boards, Red Tractor and Farm Assurance schemes, processors, manufacturers, breed societies, genetics companies, and show societies.

Baroness Byford opens the Smithfield Forum pictured alongside William Bedell Club Chairman

Baroness Byford opens the Smithfield Forum pictured alongside William Bedell Club Chairman

 The event was the first of a series of initiatives by the Club that heralds a new era in which it will take on a more active and overarching sector role, and one which will go hand-in-hand with the Club’s core focus on promoting best practice in the production of quality livestock for the British meat industry.

Rt Hon Neil Parish MP

Rt Hon Neil Parish MP

 West Country farmer John Dracup was introduced in his new role of Industry Strategy Director for the Club. Setting the scene at the Forum he said: “Our main aim is to unite the red meat supply chain to ensure a consistent message reaches our customers.

“In order to achieve this, we will be challenging and engaging with our industry, which will have to evolve considerably during the coming months and years.”

Smithfield Club Industry Strategy Director John Dracup

Smithfield Club Industry Strategy Director John Dracup

 Recognising that the industry is going through unprecedented change, combined with substantial challenges that need to be addressed, he said a stronger voice is needed.

“The industry already has a number of professional, proficient organisations operating well within their sector,” he said. “As an independent, credible voice the Royal Smithfield Club will provide a platform which brings everyone together, giving them the opportunity to freely discuss an industry position on key issues, specifically focusing on red meat.”

The Smithfield Forum held on 5th February at the House of Lords was attended by over 70 representatives of the British red meat supply chain

The Smithfield Forum held on 5th February at the House of Lords was attended by over 70 representatives of the British red meat supply chain

High among the issues discussed at the Forum was the impact of Brexit on UK livestock and meat industry business including the availability of non-UK labour, certification and control procedures for meat, and support payments to farmers. The range of issues and challenges faced by the UK red meat sector were addressed at the Forum by four keynote speakers: Nick Allen, Director British Meat Processors Association; David Gunner Chief Executive Dovecote Park; David Hall North West Regional Director NFU and Donald Biggar, Club Trustee followed by a summing- up from Neil Parish MP, Chairman of the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Select Committee.

 Mr Dracup said: “Underlying all these issues are the continued pressures the industry faces on health, welfare and meat consumption, as well as concern that the messages around emissions are being misinterpreted and used for other agendas.

“The UK is producing to some of the highest animal welfare and meat production standards in the world, and we need to communicate this.”

 Mr Dracup’s new role will see him working with Richard Saunders who was appointed Secretary of the Club in succession to Geoffrey Burgess last summer. Mr Burgess has now taken on the role of Club Deputy President.

 Over the coming year the Club will be working to:

•    provide a credible commentary on the changes that are needed to ensure the red meat supply chain remains high quality and efficient

•    challenge regulations, laws and developments that are considered detrimental to the future development and direction of the sector

•    work with industry organisations, research bodies, scientists and universities both in the UK and around the world to raise awareness of new developments, initiatives and opportunities for the sector

NEW SMITHFIELD COMPETITIONS ENJOY STRONG SHOWING AT LIVESCOT

NEW SMITHFIELD COMPETITIONS ENJOY STRONG SHOWING AT LIVESCOT

 M & HD Currie Champion Beef Rib

James Frame takes Saddle of Lamb Championship

Heavyweight Lamb title to R & M Struthers

Kepak McIntosh Donald Sponsor Event

 With the support of Kepak-McIntosh Donald, the Royal Smithfield Club Beef Ribs & Saddle of Lamb competitions, held for the first time within LiveScot, the Scottish National Fatstock Club’s winter primestock event at Lanark on Saturday 24 November 2018, saw a strong entry of 12 ribs and 14 saddles forward.

L-R Alan McNaughton Kepak McIntosh Donald, Judge Neil Ewing, winner Matthew Currie, Smithfield President Neil Gourlay, Smithfield Secretary Richard Saunders

L-R Alan McNaughton Kepak McIntosh Donald, Judge Neil Ewing, winner Matthew Currie, Smithfield President Neil Gourlay, Smithfield Secretary Richard Saunders

 Taking home the Beef Rib championship and with it the Royal Smithfield Club Perpetual Trophy were Matthew & Heather Currie of Skewbridge, Mouswald, Dumfries with their purebred Aberdeen Angus entry, a heifer weighing in at 345.8kg deadweight and grading U4L. Judge Neil Ewing, a wholesaler butcher trading at J Finlay & Co, Wishaw described the winning entry as having “very good conformation, fat cover and eye muscle.” The Curries run a 40-cow pedigree herd of Aberdeen- Angus. Standing reserve was another Angus entry, this time in the shape of a 315kg crossbred grading R4L from B & L Grubb, Mount Pleasant, Ardallie. In third spot were John Spence & Sons, Roberthill, Lockerbie with Blue-cross heifer at 338.2kg U+3.

L-R Alan McNaughton Kepak McIntosh Donald, winner James Frame, judge Neil Ewing, RSC President Neil Gourlay

L-R Alan McNaughton Kepak McIntosh Donald, winner James Frame, judge Neil Ewing, RSC President Neil Gourlay

 James Frame, Blairston Mains Farm, Riverside Lodge, Alloway, Ayr won the Saddle of Lamb competition together with the Royal Smithfield Club Perpetual Challenge Cup for his Beltex-sired lamb out of a Texel-cross ewe weighing 21.3kg deadweight. Commenting, the Judge said: “This is exactly what a butcher is looking for in terms of a good retail saddle with good conformation and eye muscle.” In second place was Robert Laird, Cambwell Farm, Biggar with third going to Andrew Dunlop, Corstane Farm, Broughton.

L-R Alan McNaughton Kepak McIntosh Donald, winners Robert & Ian Struthers either side of Judge Neil Ewing, Club Steward Hugh Black

L-R Alan McNaughton Kepak McIntosh Donald, winners Robert & Ian Struthers either side of Judge Neil Ewing, Club Steward Hugh Black

In the heavy lamb class for carcases over 23kg, it was a one-two for R & M Struthers, Collielaw Farm, Carluke with two Texel-Beltex sired lambs with a liveweight of 45 & 44kg which killed out respectively at an excellent 25 and 24.6kgs. Third spot went to J & H Clark, North Garnour Farm, Lesmahagow.

R&M Struthers’ pre-competition heavyweight lamb carcases which killed out at over 55%

R&M Struthers’ pre-competition heavyweight lamb carcases which killed out at over 55%

Judge Neil Ewing of J Finlay & Co with Royal Smithfield Club Steward Hugh Black of Hugh Black Butchers

Judge Neil Ewing of J Finlay & Co with Royal Smithfield Club Steward Hugh Black of Hugh Black Butchers

 The Club is grateful to Alan McNaughton, Site Director at Kepak-McIntosh Donald and to Club President Neil Gourlay for presenting the prizes. Thank you also to all the exhibitors for putting entries forward, to Margaret Gray and all the team at LiveScot, to Royal Smithfield Club Steward Hugh Black of Hugh Black & Sons Butchers and to Judge Neil Ewing for all their hard work in making the event such a success.

Hugh Black setting up the Smithfield display prior to the competition

Hugh Black setting up the Smithfield display prior to the competition

 

 

WYNNE & COATES SMITHFIELD DOUBLE AT ENGLISH WINTER FAIR

WYNNE & COATES SMITHFIELD DOUBLE AT 2018 ENGLISH WINTER FAIR 

HM Wynne secures Beef Ribs & Saddle of Lamb Championships

Both entries prepared by Coates Family Butchers

Messrs Edge take Reserve Rib award

Reserve Saddle to M & A Hadfield & Sons

Royal Smithfield RABI Single Butchers Lamb won by Garth & Priestley

L-R Royal Smithfield Steward Phil Henshaw, Ellie Wynne, Nick Coates, Chris Staines (Kepak), Michael Wynne, Max Wynne & Judge Andrew Brown

L-R Royal Smithfield Steward Phil Henshaw, Ellie Wynne, Nick Coates, Chris Staines (Kepak), Michael Wynne, Max Wynne & Judge Andrew Brown

 The Royal Smithfield Club Beef Ribs & Saddle of Lamb competitions, sponsored by Kepak St Merryn and held at the Staffordshire County Showground 17-18 November 2018, witnessed a remarkable double win for Messrs Wynne & Coates who teamed up to secure both awards under Judge Andrew Brown, Ashbourne.

L-R Producer Michael Wynne with son Max, Kepak St Merryn’s Chris Staines & Butcher Nick Coates

L-R Producer Michael Wynne with son Max, Kepak St Merryn’s Chris Staines & Butcher Nick Coates

 The winning Beef Rib entry came from HM Wynne, Hall Farm, Matlock with their September 2016-born heifer entry sired by a Blonde d’Aquitaine bull and out of an Aberdeen-Angus cow with a carcase weight of 350kg grading U-3. The producer, Michael Wynne, had his entry put forward by Coates Family Butchers, Darley Dale, Matlock. Commenting, Judge Andrew Brown, a buyer for ABP, said: “My Champion was a worthy winner being a very well-presented piece of beef with a nice colour and good fat cover.”

Royal Smithfield display in the Carcase Hall

Royal Smithfield display in the Carcase Hall

 This same winning combination teamed up again to produce the Champion Saddle of Lamb, a 23kg U-3 lamb out of a Texel ewe and sired by a Texel x Beltex ram. Reserve went to M & A Hadfield & Sons, Derbys. The Reserve Rib from Messrs Edge was a 350kg 18-month-old Limousin-cross.

RABI Single Butchers Lamb winner Sarah Priestley pictured with Royal Smithfield Club Chairman, William Bedell, and son Freddie

RABI Single Butchers Lamb winner Sarah Priestley pictured with Royal Smithfield Club Chairman, William Bedell, and son Freddie

 The Royal Smithfield RABI Single Butchers Lamb, a special class to benefit the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, was won by Robert Garth & Sarah Priestley, Lancs, with their Beltex-cross entry, the second year running that the couple had taken home the RSC Perpetual RABI Trophy.

The packed Carcase Hall at Staffordshire Showground

The packed Carcase Hall at Staffordshire Showground

 The Royal Smithfield Club extends its thanks to Leighton Jones & Chris Staines of Kepak St Merryn, Judge Andrew Brown, to all exhibitors and all the hard-working team from the Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society.

RSC Team of Jo Short, Phil Henshaw & Richard Saunders

RSC Team of Jo Short, Phil Henshaw & Richard Saunders


 

ROYAL SMITHFIELD CLUB SUCCESSES AT AGRIFEST

ROYAL SMITHFIELD CLUB SUCCESSES AT AGRIFEST 2018

L-R Richard Saunders (RSC), Pauline Warne, Malcolm Pyne (Judge), Phil Henshaw (RSC), George Warne & Rob Burlton (Kepak St Merryn)

L-R Richard Saunders (RSC), Pauline Warne, Malcolm Pyne (Judge), Phil Henshaw (RSC), George Warne & Rob Burlton (Kepak St Merryn)

 

GF & PJ Warne win Beef Ribs Competition

Lamb Saddle Championship to L Gillbard & Son

Messrs Morgan & Jones’ Cattle Champion takes home Royal Cornwall Perpetual Trophy

Royal Smithfield trophy for Best Pair of Lambs awarded to Robert Garth & Sarah Priestley

 

Champion Beef Rib pictured with Club Steward & Vice President Phil Henshaw

Champion Beef Rib pictured with Club Steward & Vice President Phil Henshaw

A well-attended Agrifest South West organised by the National Beef Association and held at Westpoint, Exeter, on 7 November 2018 saw the Royal Smithfield Club’s competitions take centre stage at the event.

Saddle of Lamb Champion from L Gillbard & Son

Saddle of Lamb Champion from L Gillbard & Son

 With the support of sponsor Kepak St Merryn, the Club held its noted Beef Ribs and Saddle of Lamb competitions under Judge and butcher Malcolm Pyne of Pynes of Somerset based at Sedgemoor. Winning the Beef Ribs section were George & Pauline Warne, Emmett Farm, Umberleigh, Devon with a British Blue-cross dairy-bred heifer aged 26m18d with a carcase weight of 371kg grading R4L. Standing Reserve was Sidney Foss with an Aberdeen Angus-cross steer weighing in at 356kg aged 27m22d grading -U4L.

Judge Malcolm Pyne of Pynes of Somerset

Judge Malcolm Pyne of Pynes of Somerset

Robert Sloman, Hon Treasurer Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, presents the Smithfield trophy to Cattle Champions Messrs Morgan & Jones

Robert Sloman, Hon Treasurer Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, presents the Smithfield trophy to Cattle Champions Messrs Morgan & Jones

 Champion Saddle of Lamb went to L Gillbard & Son, Hele Barton, Black Dog, Crediton, Devon with a Texel-cross wether out of a Cheviot-bred Mule purchased from Longtown, Cumbria. With a carcase weight of 19.9kg, this one graded E3L. Second were AW Selley & Son, East Welland Farm, South Molton with a Poll Dorset Mule sired by a Charollais-Texel tup. This wether graded E3L with a carcase weight of 21kg.

Club Secretary Richard Saunders (L) presents the Royal Smithfield Club trophy to the Champion Pair of Lambs from Robert Garth & Sarah Priestley

Club Secretary Richard Saunders (L) presents the Royal Smithfield Club trophy to the Champion Pair of Lambs from Robert Garth & Sarah Priestley

In the live classes, winning the Primestock Cattle Championship and with it the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association perpetual trophy presented by the Royal Smithfield Club was an August 2017-born Limousin-sired heifer from Messrs JEL & CS Morgan & Jones, Llysnewydd, Cilycwm, Llandovery. Presenting the trophy was Robert Sloman, Hon Treasurer of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association. Reserve was another Lim-sired heifer this time from Messrs P & L Calcraft, Honiton.

Sponsors Leighton Jones (L) and Rob Burlton (R) of Kepak St Merryn pictured with Richard Saunders & Phil Henshaw

Sponsors Leighton Jones (L) and Rob Burlton (R) of Kepak St Merryn pictured with Richard Saunders & Phil Henshaw

 Taking home the Royal Smithfield Club trophy under Judge Chris Wright, Boston for the Best Pair of Lambs was the Beltex duo from Robert Garth & Sarah Priestley, Bentham, Lancs who successfully defended their 2017 crown. Reserve was another pair of Beltex from R Dafydd Lewis, Carms.

Grateful thanks are extended to the NBA organising committee and to Kepak St Merryn for their generous support.

 

MESSRS READ, COLLIER & KNOWLES WIN AT COUNTRYSIDE LIVE

Messrs J & J Collier Champion Saddle of Lamb

Messrs J & J Collier Champion Saddle of Lamb

Countryside Live hosted three Royal Smithfield Club competitions at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate 20-21 October 2018.

Paul Nicholson, Connor Gillan & Ben Turnbull

Paul Nicholson, Connor Gillan & Ben Turnbull

Under Judge Ben Turnbull, Head Butcher at Fodder, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Farm Shop, the Saddle of Lamb Championship went to Mr J Collier, Keighley, Yorks with a Beltex x Texel gimmer with a carcase weight of 17.9kg. The Judge praised its good eye muscle and level of fat cover.

Richard Saunders & Jo Short pictured with Mike Read and his Champion Beef Rib

Richard Saunders & Jo Short pictured with Mike Read and his Champion Beef Rib

Taking first prize in the Ribs of Beef class was Mr M Read, Horncastle, Lincs with a purebred Lincoln Red. Coming in with a carcase weight of 301.6kg, this April 2017-born heifer had ‘a perfect rib, great eye muscle with the ideal amount of fat for the shop' according to the Judge.

Wagyu Ribs L-R Warrendale Wagyu (2nd), Andrew Knowles (1st) & James Allen (3rd)

Wagyu Ribs L-R Warrendale Wagyu (2nd), Andrew Knowles (1st) & James Allen (3rd)

Winning the Wagyu Ribs category was Mr A Knowles of Trenchmore Wagyu, West Sussex with a Wagyu x Sussex steer born August 2016 and a deadweight of 356.8kg with the Judge commenting that it had very good marbling without being over fat.

Paul Nicholson & Connor Gillan

Paul Nicholson & Connor Gillan

Supporting the Smithfield stand over the two days were Club Secretary Richard Saunders, Club Administrator Jo Short, butcher and tutor at Bishop Burton Agricultural College, Paul Nicholson, together with Connor Gillan, an apprentice butcher from Bishop Burton. Grateful thanks are extended to sponsors Delta Wagyu & the Wagyu Breeders Association together with the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

Richard Saunders, Ben Turnbull & Paul Nicholson

Richard Saunders, Ben Turnbull & Paul Nicholson

The Royal Smithfield Club stand at Countryside Live

The Royal Smithfield Club stand at Countryside Live

LIVESCOT SMITHFIELD COMPETITIONS 24 NOVEMBER

The Royal Smithfield Club Saddle of Lamb & Beef Ribs competitions are being held within LiveScot at Lanark on Saturday 24th November 2018. Grateful thanks are extended to Kepak McIntosh Donald for their generous support. See www.fatstockclub.co.uk. Schedules and entry forms available by clicking HERE. Please note closing date 2 November. Further info from Secretary Margaret Gray secretary@fatstockclub.co.uk.

AGRIFEST SOUTH WEST SMITHFIELD COMPETITIONS

Wednesday 7th November 2018 sees the return to Agrifest South West of the Royal Smithfield Club Beef Ribs and Saddle of Lamb competitions kindly supported by Kepak St Merryn. The event is being held at Westpoint, Clyst st Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DJ under the auspices of the National Beef Association. Entries can be made via the website www.agrifestsouthwest.co.uk or by clicking the following link HERE. Please note entries close 16th October.

ROYAL SMITHFIELD CLUB CONFIRMS KEPAK AS MAJOR WINTER FAIR SPONSOR

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The Royal Smithfield Club has announced that Kepak will sponsor three of its Beef Ribs & Saddle of Lamb Competitions being held within this winter’s series of primestock shows, namely Agrifest South West 7th November, English Winter Fair 17th-18th November and LiveScot 24th November.

Kepak, the Irish-based meat company which acquired 2 Sisters Red Meat during the summer, operates from four key production sites in the UK: McIntosh Donald, Portlethen, Scotland; and three St Merryn sites: Merthyr, Glamorgan, Wales, and Bodmin and Victoria in Cornwall, England.

The Club runs a series of demonstrations and competitions at the main fatstock events to educate and inform the public as well as promote best practice in the industry through the whole supply chain. In 2018, these are to include Agrifest South West at Exeter, English Winter Fair at Stafford, LiveScot at Lanark as well as Countryside Live at Harrogate.

Commenting, Royal Smithfield Club Chairman William Bedell said: “The Club has been at the heart of the red meat industry for more than 200 years and as such is pleased to have Kepak on board with its well-known and established McIntosh Donald and St Merryn brands which serve a strong base of livestock farmers.”

Prys Morgan, Livestock Procurement Director, added: “Kepak are committed to working with all British farmers in addition to the loyal supply base of St Merryn and McIntosh Donald. Kepak are strong believers in working hand-in-hand with farmers to build a sustainable supply chain and are delighted to be working with the Royal Smithfield Club. This sponsorship allows us to further engage with our supply base and collaborate with them to share best management practices designed to produce top-quality beef and lamb for our customers.”

ENGLISH WINTER FAIR SMITHFIELD COMPETITIONS 17-18 NOVEMBER

Please click HERE for a flyer and entry form for the Kepak St Merryn-sponsored Royal Smithfield Club Beef Ribs & Saddle of Lamb competitions being held at the English Winter Fair, Staffordshire County Showground 17-18 November 2018. For further information, please contact the Show Secretary on 01785-258060 or email sue@staffscountyshowground.co.uk. Entries close 17th October.

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COUNTRYSIDE LIVE ROYAL SMITHFIELD COMPETITIONS 20-21 OCTOBER

Schedules and Entry Forms are now available for the Countryside Live Royal Smithfield Club Beef Ribs & Saddle of Lamb competitions to be held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, N Yorks Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st October 2018. The Ribs competition will again feature classes for Native, Continental and Wagyu-sired cattle. For schedules and entry forms for Native & Continental Ribs click HERE, for Wagyu click HERE,  for Lamb click HERE. Please note the closing date for entries is 5th October. 

YOUTH OF BRITISH AGRICULTURE SHINES AT NATIONAL YOUNG STARS

-         Royal Smithfield Club trophy goes to Massey Divas

-         Jess Pugh wins RSC-sponsored Butchery Challenge

Winning the Pig section and then the overall points trophy for the event was the Massey Divas team of Grace Bretherton, Charlotte and Eve Ashcroft, photographed alongside Royal Smithfield Club Chairman William Bedell, RSC's Phil Henshaw and Event Chairman Neil Lloyd.

Winning the Pig section and then the overall points trophy for the event was the Massey Divas team of Grace Bretherton, Charlotte and Eve Ashcroft, photographed alongside Royal Smithfield Club Chairman William Bedell, RSC's Phil Henshaw and Event Chairman Neil Lloyd.

 This year’s National Young Stars event once again saw young agricultural enthusiasts descend on the Royal Three Counties Showground 21-22 August 2018 for two days of competition in various cattle, sheep, pigs and butchery sections including stockjudging, show preparation, ring craft, public speaking, marketing and publicity and industry knowledge competitions, making this event a stand-alone national platform for agriculture’s next generation.

Butchery Challenge winner Jess Pugh (centre)

Butchery Challenge winner Jess Pugh (centre)

Jess Pugh of the Shropshire-based Ludlow Food Centre returned to the Malvern Showground to retain her Royal Smithfield Club-sponsored butchery title from last year. Jess impressed the AHDB judge Martin Eccles and independent butcher Viv Harvey with her butchery knowledge, thorough work process and imaginative presentation skills. In second place was Jake Edwards sponsored by Althams Butchers with third spot going to Ben Greenfield who was sponsored by Greenfield Lamb.

Butchery Challenge: Jess Pugh, Jake Edwards & Ben Greenfield

Butchery Challenge: Jess Pugh, Jake Edwards & Ben Greenfield

Coming through on top in the beef section winning a Norbreck Genetics and Semex clothing and genetics package was the Black as Night team, represented by Ellie Westaway, Glos; Robyn Westcott, Somerset and Kian Frain, Cornwall, who came with a pair of Aberdeen-Angus heifers. These three competitors excelled in areas of stockjudging and clipping and presentation with the judge for the latter, Wendy Morgan saying that all three individuals excelled at team work and were very clear in their approach and style of presenting their animals.

Runners-up in the beef section was the Lim-It team of Emma Rathbone, Stoke on Trent; Brooks Carey, Somerset and Elliw Roberts, Anglesey, representing the British Limousin Cattle Society, while the Canadian exchange team came third.

In a change to previous years, the judges and stewards selected three individuals to represent the UK in Canada at the Royal Winter Fair, Toronto, in November. Joining beef team winner Ellie Westaway in Canada will be Michael Dumbreck and Tom Brown on the Northern Boys Charolais team.

A new competition for this year saw a dual purpose/beef untrimmed section added to proceedings with the Delightful Dexter team flying the flag for their sponsors The Wise Cow and Rayner Farms. This team consisted of Millie Bennet and Evie Welch, Somerset along with Oliver Spence, Swindon, all of which will receive a team cash prize of £300. Runners up here was the Sussex Martlets, consisting of Grace Twyman, Kent along with Sarah Dykes and Freddie Hutchings, Sussex.

Winning a trip to The European Show in Libramont having shone in the dairy section was the Roan Rangers Dairy Shorthorn team, sponsored by the Farmers Guardian. Bob Crank, Cheshire, Florence Mannerings, Kent and Hannah Morgan, Shropshire, took the top spot ahead of the Just Jerseys team of Emily Davis, Jess Ravenhill and Jess Tapp from Devon.

In the sheep lines competition was split this year in to untrimmed and trimmed sections with 10 teams competing across the board. Coming through on top in the trimmed section and winning their set of Heineger sheep clippers were the Kerry Hill Young Breeders of Chris Adamson and Henry Scott from Somerset and Tolly Ridge, Sussex. These three individuals impressed the judges with a fantastic promotional stand which won the overall promotional stand award of the show and high standard of presentation throughout all areas of the competition.

Commenting on their win, judge Brian Davies said: “These three young men are a credit to their breed and impressed us with their work ethic, teamwork ethic and dedication to the competition.” Runners up in the trimmed section were the Hampshire Down Hot Shots of Ellie Alvis, Stephen Short and Samantha Todd.

Meanwhile, in the untrimmed section, the top spot and recipients of a £300 cash prize was the Somerset-based Dorset Down Dazzlers team with Alex and Aaron Hext and Harry Stamp. This team gained strong points in all sections with nine-year old Harry Stamp particularly impressing the judged with his strong work ethic over the two days.

Runners-up in this section was the Blue Texel Sheep Society’s True Blues team, consisting of Harvey Heath, Derbyshire, Ted Lloyd, Herefordshire and Jack Bodily, Monmouthshire. 

Runners-up in the pig section was the Spotty Trotters team of Ella Kirtley, Sarah Whitely and Charlotte Gill, Yorkshire, with their Gloucester Old Spot team. 

BICENTENARY TROPHY - NOMINATIONS CLOSE 13TH AUGUST

Royal Smithfield Club Bicentenary Trophy

Created to celebrate the bicentenary of the founding of the Smithfield Club in 1798, the trophy is awarded each year to a person or organisation deemed to have made a significant contribution to the UK meat industry.  Recipients can be from any part of the industry - from livestock producers through education, research, processing to retailing.

2017 Bicentenary Trophy winner Robert Forster receiving the award from Club Trustee Julian Hopwood

2017 Bicentenary Trophy winner Robert Forster receiving the award from Club Trustee Julian Hopwood

Nominations are received each year by the Smithfield Club, from a wide range of people.  The thirty to forty nominees are considered by a panel made up of representatives from across all sectors who meet to create their shortlist from which they choose the winner for the year.

Please click HERE for a Nomination Form noting the closing date of Monday 13th August 2018.

NATIONAL YOUNG STARS BUTCHERY CHALLENGE 21-22 AUGUST 2018

The Royal Smithfield Club is delighted to once again be supporting the Butchery Challenge as part of the National Young Stars event to be held at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, 21-22 August 2018.

2017 National Young Stars Butchery Challenge winner Jess Pugh

2017 National Young Stars Butchery Challenge winner Jess Pugh

This is a competitive challenge sedigned to further the skills of young butchers and to enable them to display their abilities and skills in a range of butchery, cutting and presentation techniques. Please click here for an Entry Form noting that entries close Monday 6th August. For further information, please see www.nationalyoungstars.com.

2017 National Young Stars winning team pictured with Royal Smithfield Club Chairman William Bedell (left) and NYS Event Organiser Neil Lloyd (right)

2017 National Young Stars winning team pictured with Royal Smithfield Club Chairman William Bedell (left) and NYS Event Organiser Neil Lloyd (right)