Prime Minister helps select New Zealand’s tastiest lamb

Sophie Pascoe, Sarah Walker, Prime Minister John Key and Lisa Carrington at the 2014 Glammies.New Zealand’s most tender and tasty lamb was announced yesterday afternoon at the final of the annual Beef + Lamb New Zealand Golden Lamb Awards, aka the Glammies.

Fraser and Sara Briant from Gisborne beat over 150 entrants with their Coopworth, to claim the Grand Champion title, the coveted trophy and $2,500 in prize money.

New Zealand prime Minister John Key was part of the panel selected to taste and judge the top 20 lambs in New Zealand alongside B+LNZ Inc Iron Maidens Sarah Walker, Lisa Carrington and Sophie Pascoe, Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ambassador Chefs Ben Batterbury and Darren Wright and head judge Graham Hawkes.

“This year there were a couple of standout entries for me. I really enjoyed judging alongside John Key and the other Iron Maidens, we all understand the competitive aspect to the competition so it was a lot of fun!” says Sarah Walker.

The top 20 lambs were selected from a total of 158 entries which were put through scientific measurements of tenderness, succulence and colour by Carne Technologies.

Also awarded today was the title of Grand Champion Retailer which went to Progressive Enterprises (Countdown), North Island with their Dorset/Romdale.

The Grand Champion’s entry was processed at Silver Fern Farms Takapau.

The 2014 Glammies were sponsored by Zoetis and further supported by processing plants across the country. These include: AFFCO, Alliance Group Ltd, Ashburton Meat Processors Ltd, Auckland Meat Processors/Wilson Hellaby, Blue Sky Meats, Cabernet Foods/Kintyre Meats, CMP Canterbury, Harris Meats, Land Meat NZ, Lean Meats, Progressive Meats, Silver Fern Farms, and Taylor Preston/Ken Wilson Meats.

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