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Limousin Cross Heifer Wins Scottish Beeflink Steak Competition

A steak from a 19 month old Limousin sired heifer has won the top accolade in the second Asda/ABP Beeflink steak competition of the summer season at the Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh.

James Fraser receives his award from Asda senior meat trader Jim Viggars and chef Ainsley Harriot.

James Fraser

The steak came from a 311kg carcass consigned to ABP’s Perth abattoir by Nairn-based farmers James and Donald Fraser of J M Fraser and Sons.

This one is one of 120 cattle finished annually on the farm which carries a 110-cow British Blue cross suckler herd which are put to Limousin bulls. A few show calves are sold each year through Dingwall and Thainstone, with the remainder finished on farm. James Fraser said he was delighted with the win, more so as it was the first time the partnership had entered the competition.

“I was over the moon last week when we found out we’d qualified for the final eight, to win something on this scale is simply amazing.”

Taking second spot in the competition in which the steaks were judged by celebrity chef Ainsley Harriot and a taste panel from the crowd was a steak from Graham Mather. This one was from a Charolais cross, this time a 14 month old young bull the carcass from which weighed 344kg.

And in third spot was a steak from a Limousin cross heifer Thomas Sands. The carcass this one came from weighed in at 310kghaving been slaughtered at 22 months of age.
Asda’s senior meat trader Jim Viggars was 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 Scottish 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 remaining two Asda/ABP steak competitions to be held at the Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh Shows would be live up to the very high standard set by the Scottish entries at the Royal Highland.

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