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