Colin Mills, Tescos national lamb and beef buying consultant, chooses his champion carcass at St Merryn Meats Christmas show at Torrington, Devon. The three-quarter Charolais heifer came from the Scott family of Kingsway (left of picture). At 765kg liveweight and 441kg deadweight, it classified E3. The carcass went on to make £2.35/kg – a price which Petrina Scott described as "good, considering the recent BSE scare". Elsewhere, beef auction prices continue to be depressed, with MLC sample markets showing a 5.38p/kg drop in the price of medium steers on Monday to 118.52p/kg.