3 December 2001
Butchers set to bid at Builth Wells
By Robert Davies, Wales correspondent
CARCASS competitions will be the highlight for many farmers attending the Welsh Winter Fair on Tuesday (4 December).
Entries at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Societys Builth Wells showground include 91 single lambs, 34 pairs of lambs and 12 pork carcasses.
The cancellation of traditional pre-Christmas fatstock shows is expected to encourage butchers to put a keen edge on bidding for champion carcasses.
Tom Davies, who judges lambs, could well be one of the bidders.
Being able to display a top prizewinner on his stall at Llanidloes Market Hall would please his regular customers, and perhaps attract new ones.
But Mr Davies also knows that the type of lambs he selects as the best at the fair will optimise his margin by giving a high yield of good-quality meat.
“I will be looking for lambs with good length and conformation, and just the right amount of fat cover to eat well,” he said.
“In other words, the sort of lambs I try to sell every week.”
Competition between butchers in his home town is fierce and he is convinced that he has to offer attractively presented top quality meat.
Farmers can use carcass shows as a guide to providing the sort of animals he needs to keep himself and them in business, he said.
- Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Winter Fair (external site)
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