Royal Smithfield Club president announced

A popular butcher and farmer has been chosen as the Royal Smithfield Club's president for 2008.

Mr Brian Glaves is well-known across the country for his family butcher business near Scarborough and as a well respected livestock exhibitor and judge at numerous regional and national shows.

Brian has been attending Royal Smithfield Shows since 1968 and won the Sheep Supreme Championship in 1992. He judged shortwoolled sheep breeds in 1986, sheep championships in 1991 and the Supreme Cattle Championship at the inaugural Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair in 2006.

"Brian's knowledge of the industry, from quality producer and showman to running his own abattoir and butchers business, puts him in the ideal position to represent the Royal Smithfield Club as our President" said William Cumber, outgoing deputy president for 2006 and 2007.

A member of the Club since 1984, Brian has been a member of the Club's Council since 1990, chairing the Carcase Committee from 2001 to 2005 and became a Vice President in 2006. He led the Club's move from the Carcase competitions at Earls Court to the three highly successful National Festival of Meat Exhibitions held in the Smithfield Market in 2000, 2001 and 2002, and the Beef Ribs and Saddle of Lamb competitions run at the major Winter Fairs since 2003.

Brian's ambition as Club president is to continue his quest for a fair return for farmers, processors and butchers supplying high quality British meat, in an environment that is weighed down with legislation, red tape and the ever growing threat of more restrictions.

"I believe totally in the ability of British Farmers and Butchers to supply our customers with real quality and value for money - that must be the aim of everyone in our industry," he said.

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