In pictures: National Butchers’ Week so far

Butchers up and down the country have been celebrating the industry and their skills this week as part of National Butchers’ Week 2011.

The event, which is now in its fourth year, has seen the trade come together to show why butchers matter more than ever.

The sector has united to show members of public different cuts of meat, talk about the trade and involve schools and community groups in the industry.

Below is a gallery of just a few of the pictures from the week so far. But remember it runs until 20 March – if you are holding an event this weekend, let us know by emailing And in the meantime you can follow National Butchers’ Week online via Twitter at @NBW2011 or on Facebook at

For example, JSL Meats in Shepperton threw its doors open to the group of children from
St Nicholas Church of England Primary School to demonstrate how sausages were made, taking them through process from shoulder to plate. The children then had a go linking the sausages themselves. “Slimy, cold and wet” was the verdict – but they all agreed it was great fun.

In Warwickshire, Haigs, the family run butchers, held a battle of the professions and shop customers fighting it out to produce the perfect banger.

Send your pictures of the event to MTJ editor Ed Bedington by emailing him on

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