History-making butcher returns from the Netherlands

Anthony Kitson of Kitson & Sons Butchers has returned from his visit to Holland’s premier Easter prime cattle highlight, Paasvee, where he was the first British butcher to compete.

Although he was not awarded with any prizes this time around, he described his adventure as a “great experience”.

He made his debut with a Dutch-bred Belgian Blue cow he bought a week before the event from Paul Van Driessen, a farmer from the south-west area of Rotterdam.

“I was made really welcome at Paasvee, which was attended by some 26,000 people,” said Kitson. “It was an amazing show of cattle and I now have more idea of what the judges are looking for.

“I’ll certainly be back next year to have another crack – in fact, three well-known Dutch cattle farmers over there will be looking for a potential champion for me. We’ll be going all out to win it in 2018 – Brexit or not.”

Kitson saw his cow pass through the abattoir in Holland, with the resulting meat now returned to the UK. It will be fully matured and then sold at the May Day bank holiday trade at Kitson & Sons Butchers’ three shops in North Yorkshire and Cleveland.

Prior to his travels to the Netherlands, Kitson said he planned on altering the Dutch perspectives of meat. He explained that their perception was that meat should have no fat, whereas butchers in the UK preferred animals that contained fat, which is why he picked that particular animal to showcase.

“I purposely chose the animal I felt would best suit the UK market, based on fat covering and eatability,” added Kitson. “It has proved a fascinating journey and will enable our customers to both view and taste the difference of what is perceived as a very good quality animal in Holland against our own home-produced meat.”

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