Aubrey Allen apprentices meet rare animals

Award-winning butcher’s Aubrey Allen recently invited six apprentices to join it on the Lost Farm in Warwickshire, famous for its rare breed animals, for some hands-on learning. 

The apprentices, aged between 16-21 and taking apprenticeships with Aubrey Allen in disciplines from accountancy to butchery and sales came face to face with the long-horned Manx Loaghtan lambs.

The Manx Loaghtan, hailing from the Isle of Man but with a heritage that dates back to Egyptian times, are distinctive for their dramatic horns and that they have come back from the brink of extinction.

The students, many of whom had never been on a farm, were encouraged to feed Boris the Boar, round up the sheep and get in a holding pen to learn how to judge if the animals were market-ready.

The trip was organised by George Steriopulos and Jeff Clarke, who were responsible for saving the Manx Loaghtan from extinction.

Lucianne Allen, sales and marketing director for Aubrey Allen and chairman of the Trailblazers Apprenticeships scheme for the industry, said: “We are delighted with the partnership with George and Jeff. We are all passionate about animal welfare and education and it was great for the apprentices to see first-hand the care that goes into producing great meat.”

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