Simmental steak wins BeefLink contest

Steak from a Simmental young bull won the third Asda and ABP BeefLink steak competition earlier this week.

The steak came from a 345kg carcase and was classified as U3 and consigned to ABP’s York abattoir. It was derived from a 60-cow herd based on Simmental, Limousin and British Blue genetics.

Celebrity chef James Martin helped judge the competition, along with a panel made up of members of the public.

Second spot in the competition went to steak from a Limousin-cross heifer, which had the carcase weight of 362kg and was graded U2 after slaughter.

Asda agricultural manager Elwyn Pugh commended all 12 finalists who took part in the competition on the high quality of their entries.

He said: “After the tough winter and slow spring endured by all beef farmers, to have such an excellent selection of steaks forward for this competition was true testament to the quality of the farmers and the cattle they supply to Asda week in, week out.

“The quality of the steaks on show made for a great spectacle and I’m sure the final competition of the year, due to be staged at the Royal Welsh Show in 10 days’ time, will match this one for the quality of entries.”