Welsh students get a taste of local red meat

In an attempt to promote Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef, sixth-form students from South Wales were taught about the importance of their country’s red meat.

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) was invited to Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd, a school in Bridgend, to host a workshop educating students about the promotional work they have undertaken to help increase awareness of Welsh red meat on an international level.

HCC claims that Welsh red meat is constantly growing in demand from outside the UK. These sessions provided the chance to endorse lamb and beef to future generations.

More than 60 students attended the workshop, several of whom will soon be living away from home. HCC took this opportunity to encourage red meat as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

“Many of the students who attended the sessions will be heading for university and will have to quickly learn to fend for themselves,” said Elwen Roberts, HCC’s consumer executive.

“I demonstrated how Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef can be used in a variety of affordable, yet tasty dishes that are also extremely healthy. They received a copy of HCC’s popular First Degree Cooking recipe books, which contain a number of quick and easy recipes, hints and tips specifically aimed at university students. These include dishes such as stir-fry and wraps which were cooked and sampled during the sessions.”

In order to pass the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification, students must discuss the challenges facing the Welsh economy and deliberate how they are able to strengthen the country’s economic image.  

“HCC’s visit was a valuable opportunity for our pupils to see first-hand how Wales’ indigenous products are promoted worldwide, and the benefits for the Welsh economy,” said assistant head teacher Meleri Jones. “Undoubtedly, the highlight of the session was the opportunity to taste the fantastic food prepared by Elwen using the best of Welsh produce.”

Pupils in attendance were also taught the significance of the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) designation, an award that was received by Welsh Lamb and Beef over a decade ago that guarantees Welsh Lamb and Beef PGI was born and reared in Wales, and slaughtered and processed in abattoirs approved by the HCC.

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