Butcher sees off rivals at Beef Expo

A Shropshire butcher beat off competition from five rivals in a cutting and display skills competition at the recent Beef Expo in Malvern.

John Brereton came first in the display, second in butchery and took the overall prize in the Farm Shop Beef Butchery and Display Competition, organised by EBLEX.

Robert Nicholson, of Yorkshire, took top spot in the butchery contest, coming third in the display section, while Stuart Cove, of North Yorkshire, came second in the display and third in the butchery.

Each entrant was given two primals and had to come up with eight different meat cuts and four beef burgers. These then had to be arranged in a display cabinet in an attractive manner.

"The event helped demonstrate the high level of skill of farm shop butchers and the variety of different cuts from quality beef," said Clive Brown, western regional manager for EBLEX, who presented the overall trophy.

For farm shop butchers in the West Midlands who are looking to display their talents, a similar Farm Shop Butchery and Display competition for beef and lamb will be held at the West Mid Show, in Shrewsbury, on 27 and 28 June.