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.
- Royal Smithfield Club trophy goes to Massey Divas
- Jess Pugh wins RSC-sponsored Butchery Challenge
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Around 50 Members and guests attended the annual President’s Weekend hosted by Neil & Mary Gourlay, Auchencheyne, Moniaive, Thornhill, Dumfries. Day One saw a tour of the home farm including the suckler cows, sheep enterprise and pedigree herd of Luings followed by a visit to the wind, hydro and CHP (wood) power generation projects.
Early November saw the Club running a beef ribs demonstration at AgriFest South West at the Devon County Showground.
This year’s winner, Robert Forster - journalist and founding Director of the National Beef Association - was taken by complete surprise when he was announced as the 2017 Trophy winner at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers annual dinner and conference in late October.
October saw the Club’s return to Countryside Live at the Yorkshire Showground at Harrogate with our beef ribs and saddle of lamb competitions thanks to the invaluable support from regional butchers, Vice President Brian Glaves and David Wright from Boston.
The beef ribs and saddle of lamb competitions were organised by the Club as guests of the English Winter Fair at the Staffordshire Showground.
The National Young Stars Competitions took place at the Three Counties Showground in August at which two Smithfield trophies were presented