School opportunity for National Butchers' Week

Butchers are being urged to get in touch with their local schools to help create a buzz around National Butchers’ Week.
Meat Trades Journal has commissioned a lesson plan based around sausage-making and has created a dedicated teaching resource section for schools to download the plan, along with recipe ideas.

We have also teamed up with sausage champion David Lishman to offer schoolchildren the chance to watch a video to learn all about sausage-making.

Ed Bedington, editor of MTJ, said: “We have alerted around 1,500 schools to the scheme and pointed them to the website, and we’re already starting to get a response from schools looking to connect with a butcher local to them.

“If you haven’t done so already, get your listing details on to It’s free and makes it extremely easy for your local schools to track you down. And why not take the first step yourselves? Contact your local schools, talk to them about the lesson plan and see if they are interested in your help.

“Sausage-making is a great way for butchers to engage with young children and hopefully sow some seeds of passion in the industry for the future.”

This year’s National Butchers’ Week has a dual focus – not just on education, but also the environment – and MTJ is keen to hear butchers’ stories about how they are doing their bit to help fight climate change.

Bedington adds: “We’re looking for the UK’s greenest butcher in a bid to tackle some of the negative messages that are being put out about our industry. We are looking to show that the meat sector is doing its bit. We want to highlight some of the good work the butchery trade is doing in this sector, so get in touch and let us know what you’ve been doing. It could be something small, such as setting up a recycling system for packaging, or big, such as refitting the shop with energy-efficient counters and equipment. Whatever it is, we want to hear about it.”

This year’s event has attracted considerable support, with a wide number of companies from across the industry investing to help boost the week. The Q Guild, the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders and the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association are all backing the week, and sponsors include Bpex, Bizerba, Dalziel, the Dalesman Group, Eblex, HCC – Meat Promotion Wales, Jardine Lloyd Thompson, Lucas Ingredients, MRC, Weddel Swift and the Scotch Butcher’s Club.

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