A steak from a 23 month old Salers 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, this week.
The steak came from a 343kg carcass consigned to ABP’s Lurgan abattoir by Downpatrick-based Brendan Starkey. The carcass graded U-3.
Taking second spot in the competition in which the steaks were judged by a panel of members of the public and celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott was a steak from Armagh-based Damian McParland. This one also came from a Charolais cross steer, this time a 21 month old beast the carcass from which weighed 347kg and graded U-3.
And in third spot was a steak from another Charolais cross, this time a heifer. This one came from a carcass which graded U+3. The carcass this one came from weighed in at 332kg having been slaughtered at 23 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 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 was confident entries for the other three Asda/ABP steak competitions to be held at the Royal Highland, Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh Shows would live up to the very high standard set by the Northern Irish entries at Balmoral.
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