Producers defend their titles at 2016 Carcase Competition

On 21st of January, over 100 producers, Dovecote park employees and Waitrose representatives gathered to our Skellingthorpe plant to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Dovecote Park Carcase competition.

PICTURED: Will Brocklehurst accepts the Champion Native prize.
On the 21st of January we welcomed 120 of our producers and their families along with a number of Waitrose representatives and industry partners to our Skellinthorpe site for the 10th annual Carcase Competition.

This year’s competition continued with the change in format implemented last year which saw steers and heifers competing against one another and we were delighted to see such a high level of participation with over 130 carcases entered across the five categories. This year also marked the last occasion that the event will be held annually, moving to a biannual event which will from 2017 onwards be alternated with our producer Open Days.    

Richard Canvin,
Joint Chief Executive represented Dovecote Park on this year’s judging panel joined by Rob Hues, Waitrose Buying Manager for Meat and Buyer for Pre-Packed Beef, Veal and Venison who represented Waitrose for the first time. The guest judge for this year was Richard Cracknell, former managing director of ABP, who has had a lifetime of experience in the industry and whom we were privileged to welcome to this years event.

After much deliberation by the judges, the Champion Continental Bred Carcase trophy was awarded to Robert Robinson (pictured, along with wife Josie, with his winning carcase) from Stainforth, Doncaster, for his submission of a Limousin cross heifer. Mr. Robinson took the prize for the second year in a row.

Neil Brocklehurst, from Derbyshire, was the recipient of the Champion Native Bred Carcase award, for his home bred Aberdeen Angus heifer, which was also awarded Champion Home Bred Carcase

Describing his first experience of judging the show, Rob Hues states,

I’ve been a regular at the show for years, and really enjoyed getting to judge it for the first time. I’ve always been impressed by the standards of the carcases our producers submit, and this year is no exception – congratulations to all the winning producers for their outstanding efforts.’

Once the producers had seen their entries in the maturation chiller, the group gathered for an excellent three course dinner at Skellingthorpe Community Centre, where after a short introduction from Livestock Schemes Manager Rob Bunn, the prizes were awarded by Richard Canvin and Rob Hues. 

Rob then spoke to the producers, addressing the difficult times in the industry and discussing ongoing efforts within Waitrose to include our beef within promotions and marketing. Commercial Director Laurie Ibbotson concluded the evening, highlighting the high standards of husbandry seen once again in this year’s event, and looking into the future of the competition. 

We would like thank our hardworking Livestock team for their tireless efforts in coordinating this year’s competition and to the judges and Waitrose representatives for taking the time to support the event. Lastly we would like to re-iterate the outstanding quality of this years entries and offer our congratulations to all of the winners.