A steak from a 19 month old Charolais sired heifer has won the top accolade in the first Asda/ABP Beeflink steak competition of the summer season at the Royal Ulster Show, Balmoral.
Trevor Wilson receiving his prize from Asda senior meat trader Jim Viggars and ABP managing director Tom Kirwan
along with chef Paul Rankin.
The steak came from a 350kg carcass consigned to ABP’s Lurgan abattoir by Templepatrick-based farmer Trevor Wilson.
Taking second spot in the competition in which the steaks were cooked and judged by celebrity chef Paul Rankin was a steak from Comber-based J W A Campbell. This one also came from a Charolais cross heifer, this time a 20 month old beast the carcass from which weighed 322kg.
And in third spot was a steak from a Limousin cross steer from William Mills, Ballyclare. The carcass this one came from weighed in at 350kg having been slaughtered at 19 months of age.
Asda’s senior meat trader Jim Viggars and ABP’s managing director Tom Kirwan were on hand to present the prizes, with Mr Viggars commenting on the high quality of all the entries.
“To have such a fantastic selection of steaks to pick a winner from is testament to the excellent cattle that Northern Irish farmers supply Asda with week in, week out.
“We are delighted with the number of entries we’ve received for the competition and the quality of the steaks on show made for a great spectacle.”
Mr Viggars said he hoped entries for the other three Asda/ABP steak competitions to be held at the Royal Highland, Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh Shows would be live up to the very high standard set by the Northern Irish entries at Balmoral.
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