Lanark farmer takes Scotch steak prize

A Lanarkshire farmer has taken the top prize in the tenth annual McIntosh Donald and Tesco Scotch Steak competition in Livingston.

Tommy Taylor of Heatheryhall, Thankerton won £1,000 for the winning steak, which came from a 371.6kg Blonde cross steer on his 800-acre farm. Taylor, who farms with his mother Jean and brother Allan, finishes 1200 cattle and 2000 lambs a year, supplies the McIntoch Donald Portlethen meat plant.

The competition took place at the Royal Highland Show in front of an expert tasting panel, which included Tesco meat director Stan Burns, senior meat buyer John Driscoll, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren, and Scottish Farmer editor Alasdair Fletcher.

Richard Lochhead, the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, presented the awards.

Alan McNaughton, site director at McIntosh Donald, said: “With beef in the shops now more expensive than ever, beef cattle prices at record levels, higher distribution costs and tight family budgets, it is vital that as an industry we continue to offer the very best products for consumers. This competition is an illustration of the high-quality that exists and our producers’ commitment to being the best at what they do.”

McIntosh Donald, which holds accredited Scotch Beef protected geographical indication (PGI) status, processes and packs high quality beef and lamb products for the retail market. It is part of the Vion Food Group Ltd.