FENLAND: ABC Meats buy Scotch champion animal for record £8,000
LOCAL butchers Allan and Sue Carr owners of ABC Meats & The Royal Blue Meat Company, reaffirmed their commitment to securing the finest quality meat, by paying a record £8,000 for the Champion animal at a prestigious agricultural show. The Aberdeen Christ
LOCAL butchers Allan and Sue Carr owners of ABC Meats & The Royal Blue Meat Company, reaffirmed their commitment to securing the finest quality meat, by paying a record £8,000 for the Champion animal at a prestigious agricultural show.
The Aberdeen Christmas Classic is held at the Thainstone Centre, one of Europe's largest auction markets and is an opportunity for farmers to showcase their finest animals.
Allan and Sue took the long trip up north, where they viewed the cattle and carcases.
The champion animal was a 620kg Limousin cross steer, by the name "Munchkin".
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It was exhibited by Julian Duffton of Drumblade, near Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
The previous record for an animal brought at the Christmas Classic was for £6,500, but Allan and Sue were so impressed with the quality of the animal, they had no hesitation in bidding to secure it.
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Allan, said: "I want an animal with a good covering of fat; this is what gives meat the flavour and texture, my customers want good meat with flavour, not just tender beef, but good tasting beef.
"Hopefully by buying this animal and highlighting the importance of fat cover, we will be able to show farmers this is the type of animal that we want to breed, too lean cattle are not good for our trade, as we want the best for our customers."
The carcase was later graded as an E4L; on e of the finest grades of meat available and its weight was an impressive 381.8kg.
This is the type of animal Scotch Premier Meat Company of Inverurie Aberdeenshire supply each week to their customers.
Allan and Sue have been buying their beef from Scotch Premier since 1994 and have bought the Champion six times out of nine years.
Allan and Sue will be selling their beef from Scotch Premier Meats as well as their Champion Beef at their shop in Wisbech.
The Royal Blue Meat Company, 44 Mkt Place and also their new Factory Trade Outlet in Hooks Drove, Murrow, PE13 4HH.
For more information call 01945 700700 or click www.abcmeats.co.uk