Goat gets award for Mettrick

John Mettrick of J W Mettrick & Son Ltd has scooped the award for the best fresh meat in the North West with a goat product.

John Mettrick of J W Mettrick & Son Ltd has scooped the award for the best fresh meat in the North West with a goat product at the North-west Fine Food Awards.

The Derbyshire butcher beat off the competition with his Glossop Goat cutlets at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel in Blackburn on 13 March.

John said: "We were very surprised and delighted to win the award and it was excellent to come away with something. We are trying to establish goat meat as a usable product. To get an award behind us will help to push sales on."

The goats meat that John used was specially bred by Radmore Green Farm, a family business run by farmers Tim and Marnie Dobson.

John said: "We were very impressed by the set up of the goat farm. The meat wasn't coming from nanny goats but came from specific goats bred for their meat. We tested it out in our shop and then we went on to win the lamb and goat section of the North-west Fine Foods competition. That was when the meat really started to take off."

The goat cutlets beat off competition from more conventional meats such as beef, pork and poultry. The meat is low in cholesterol, high in iron and has less fat than chicken, ticking many boxes for today's health conscious customers.

"The key message for goat meat is the health benefits. We compare it to being like very lean lamb. It has a very fine texture and delicate flavour, not a strong flavour as some people think. We are trying to encourage more people to eat goat so that the surplus from goats milk won't be wasted."

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