Marks & Spencer honours top Aberdeen Angus farm

Justin Amos, John Lohoar and Jim Airth of Machphie farm with their trophy
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Macphie of Glenbervie, an independent food ingredients company, received the Aberdeen Angus Supplier of the Year award, an annual award presented by Marks & Spencer (M&S) and wholesaler Scotbeef, which supplies the supermarket.

“We looked at all producers who finished over 40 cattle in a 12-month period and took the top 20 producers who fell into the category,” explained Lorna Foubister, Scotbeef livestock liaison.

“There were three parts to the competition; the first part was the grades of cattle that went to Scotbeef over the past year that met the Select Farm criteria of M&S. The criteria included animals that were the right weight, age, shape and fat cover.”

Glenbervie Home Farm was among the 20 top farms that supply meat to Scotbeef. The rigorous process took an in-depth look at all aspects of a modern working farm. This included the quality of cattle, welfare of the animals and working practices on the farm and the environment.

“Part two was to choose steaks from each producer and run scientific tests looking at tenderness, succulence and flavour,” continued Foubister. “This was followed by a farm visit from judges Peter and Pat Alexander of Mains of Mause farm in Perthshire, who marked the farm on stockmanship, the welfare and appearance of the animals, working practices on the farm, grassland management and the environmental impact of the farm.

“The results of the 20 farms were then compared giving us the overall winner – Glenbervie Home Farm.”

John Lohoar, Macphie farm manager, said he was excited to be the recipient of the award: “I’m absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious award. It’s nice to receive an award for basically doing your job. We started 23 years ago with the intention of producing high-quality, tasty, succulent beef and it’s great that the team at Glenbervie Home Farm have been recognised for doing just that over the past two decades.

“The bigger picture of the welfare of the livestock on the farm, as well as the positive environmental impact our work at Glenbervie and the surrounding area has is also very important, and that gives me an enormous sense of satisfaction to know that we’re doing things the right way.”

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