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The search has begun for New Zealand’s most tender and tasty lamb with sheep farmers around the country invited to enter the 2012 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd Golden Lamb Awards (aka the Glammies).
The competition, sponsored by Pfizer Animal Genetics, aims to sort the best from the rest and is now in its sixth year.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd, CEO, Dr. Scott Champion says the Glammies have grown steadily in popularity, since their inception in 2007, with benefit for all involved.
“The fact New Zealand is renowned for its beautiful lamb is largely due to our producers’ hard work, absolute passion for farming and a love of the land. It is important to recognize and reward that,” says Dr. Champion.
The entries will initially be assessed at Carne Technologies where each lamb leg will be tested for yield, tenderness, succulence and colour.
The top four from each of the five classes will be selected as finalists to be tasted at the Upper Clutha A & P Show in Wanaka over March 9 and 10, by a panel of expert and celebrity judges to determine the Grand Champion.
The competition is supported by processing plants across the country including: Alliance, Auckland Meat Processors, Ashburton Meat Processors, Blue Sky Meats (NZ) Ltd,
Cabernet Foods, Harris Meats, Land Meat NZ Ltd, Silver Fern Farms, Taylor Preston and Wilson Hellaby.