The search for the nation’s top tasting lamb is in full swing with entries open for the special 10th anniversary Beef and Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) Glammies competition. The competition aims to find the tastiest and most tender lamb in New Zealand and this year the Producer of the Decade will also be determined following the 2017 results.
Farmers and retailers nationwide are invited to enter their lamb into the Glammies, and the meat will be scientifically assessed by Carne Technologies in Cambridge for tenderness, yield, succulence and colour.
From here, the top four entries from five categories will make it through to the final stage of the competition, a taste test, held at the Wanaka A&P Show on March 10.
BLNZ chief executive Sam McIvor, said the competition was a keenly anticipated event for New Zealand farmers and a way for them to display their world class produce.
‘‘The competition is a chance to celebrate top quality lamb and the New Zealand farmers who produce it,’’ he said.
‘‘We all know it’s a kiwi favourite and our lamb is also preferred by consumers around the world.’’
Robert Gardyne, of Oturehua, has had huge success since receiving the 2016 Grand Champion award. ‘‘Last year I won the competition with a highcountry lamb, which was the first year this has happened and goes to show the vast range of quality products us farmers produce,’’ Mr Gardyne said. The five competition categories include Best of Breed Traditional, Best of Breed Crossbreed, Best of Breed Terminal Cross, Best of Breed Open, and Retail.
Farmer competition entries close on December 2, 2016, with the retailer completion entries closing on January 13, 2017.