Two new awards for sheep event

The NSA Sheep 2010 event, to be held in August, will stage two new farm shop butchery awards, organisers have announced.

Called the Best Farm Shop Award and the Best English Farm Shop Award, the initiatives have been designed by the NSA, working with Eblex, to test the skills of farm shop owners selling lamb, together with those of their managers or butchers.

Open to entrants located throughout the UK, each will be offered one hour, in front of an audience of event visitors, in which to prepare and display a variety of cuts from a whole dressed lamb carcase. In addition, they will be required to make up and cook lamb burgers.

NSA Sheep 2010 organiser Helen Davies said: "We are pleased to stage these two new awards to provide real recognition for farm shop owners and their staff from across the UK, who offer their customers quality lamb, presented both traditionally and in the form of new and innovative cuts. In addition, watching the butchers at work will provide an interesting and genuine attraction for visitors."

The judges will be looking for entrants who demonstrate the best set of butchery skills, together with innovation and appealing presentation. The NSA Sheep 2010 will be held at the Three Counties Show Ground, Malvern, on 3 August.