Butchers set for Tri-Nations Challenge

Britain will host this year’s Tri-Nations Butchers’ Challenge, which will be hosted at the Great Yorkshire Show on 10 July 2014.

The competition, now in its fourth year, sees six butchers from Britain, Australia and New Zealand compete against each other in a team event, with the winners announced the same day at this year’s Supermeat & Fish Awards in London. To give the Australian and Kiwi butchers an insight into the UK industry, they will be shown around farm and retail shops and will hold summit meetings with industry groups and fellow butchers in the 10 days prior to the competition.

Organised by Eblex and the Q Guild of Butchers, the competition aims to promote the uptake of best practice in retail butchering, in order to drive productivity, sustainability and profitability in the independent butchery sector.

David Lishman, of Lishman’s of Ilkley, West Yorkshire, who will be captaining the British team for the second year in a row, said: “As the team captain I’m very much looking forward to taking on the Australians and Kiwis in this challenge. Having had the experience of last year’s event, and with home advantage this year, we are pretty confident we can put on a prize-winning display. We have an exceptionally talented team of Q Guild Butchers, who have taken part in many cutting competitions in the past, and we are very much looking forward to showcasing what British butchers are able to create in front of the massive crowd at the Great Yorkshire Show.

“It’s also important for us to demonstrate to those involved in livestock rearing how much effort and skill goes into their carefully-nurtured produce once it has left the farm.”

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