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Prize-winning Isle of Man Meats products are a big hit with butchers and customers - IOM Meats

Meat supplied by Isle of Man Meats from prize-winning livestock at the recent Primestock Show proved to be a big hit with customers at several well-known butchers.

WE Teare in Parliament Street, Ramsey, was especially busy last week because they purchased the beef and lamb champion carcases. Superb cuts of the highest quality were on sale, and the winners’ rosettes and trophies were also proudly on display. Some of the farmers whose animals won awards visited the shop to see the meat on display – and they were joined by representatives from Isle of Man Meats.

Mark Mathews from WE Teare said: “We pride ourselves in selling the best quality Manx meat we can get our hands on, and prize winners are the best of the best. Supporting our local farmers is a huge part of what we do. We think it's important to showcase the incredible quality meat they produce, so displaying silverware and rosettes is just another way of showing how proud we are.”

Lee Mayers butchers in Kirk Michael purchased carcases from the class winners of the crossbred lamb section that won the reserve champion overall prize, and Andreas Meats purchased the pig champion.

Lee Mayers said: “We aim for the best for our customers and are delighted to have Manx prize winning lambs to display at our shop, and to sell great quality locally produced meat to our customers. I chose these particular lambs as I do look for certain grades with a little more fat cover which is paramount in the hanging, as well as the great taste you get from them. People who don’t like fat shouldn’t worry as you can always cook with the fat to enhance the flavour, and take it off after.” Lee says that his customers appreciate locally produced meat because they know it is high quality, and has low food miles.

This year’s Primestock Show, jointly organised by the Southern District and Royal Manx Agricultural Societies, celebrated the Manx livestock industry and gave local farmers the opportunity to showcase their excellent work. The show kicked off on November 25 at Knockaloe Mart, Patrick, with classes for prime cattle and lambs judged by Ian Lancaster from Clitheroe. Isle of Man Meats then hosted the second part of the event, the Young Farmers’ competition and Carcase Show, on November 28. VIP guests included His Excellency The Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney and representatives from Tesco and Northgate Foods Ltd (both buyers of Isle of Man Meats products), the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA), and Trade Distribution Ltd which recently announced a partnership with Isle of Man Meats.