Young butcher talk

I became a butcher because of my family. We have run stall at Neath market since 1928 and I am the fourth generation to take the helm. I've grown up with the shop all my life, but started working there when I left school in 2005.

It's been an eventful few years. I started off by doing an NVQ Level 2 in meat and poultry. During my course I entered a national sausage competition, where I came first with a Cranberry and Orange sausage.

Then, shortly after that I entered the Creative Skills Welsh Young Butcher competition at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, where we had to cut, invent and display a whole lamb. I also came first in this competition.

I was really happy to win as it was my first big competition where I was in front of a big audience.

I went back the following year, where we had to cut and display a forequarter of beef, and managed to successfully defend my title.

I hope to defend my title for the third year running in December. This time we will have to cut and display traditional cuts of Welsh pork. Hopefully I will be as successful as in previous years.

I have now completed my NVQ Level 2 and am a fully qualified butcher. I was awarded Apprentice of the Year in my course and was invited up to the Butchers' Hall in London for a meal and prize giving, which I received from the Master butcher.

Like I said, a lot's happened in the past few years.

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