Hugh Taylor produced the winning mint lamb from his flock Romney lambs last year. Photo by Hugh Taylor
Last year's winner says the Canterbury A&P Show's mint
lamb competition is a good indicator for the sheep industry.
Oxford farmer Hugh Taylor won the mint lamb competition at
last year's Canterbury A&P Show with his Romney lamb and
said the competition was a good indicator of how well breeds
''The mint lamb competition is certainly an interesting guide
on where breeds fit, regarding meat yield, taste and
tenderness for an eating experience.
''Having won last year with a Romney lamb it poses many
questions. For example, was this a one-off or has the Romney
got traits that have not been previously identified to pursue
''It is encouraging that the Canterbury A&P Association
runs this competition as it is an important indicator to the
lamb industry in this country,'' Mr Taylor said.
The competition, now in its seventh year, was open to all
breeds and celebrates the quality and variety of lamb
available in New Zealand with a focus on increasing
consumption of one of the country's largest export earners.
Lambs must be born after July 1 this year. They will be
judged on the hook at an Alliance plant for best overall
yield. The top four lambs in each class will be selected as
semifinalists (16 in total) and sent to be tender-tested at
Based on the result of the tender test, the top three lambs
in each class will be selected as finalists (12 in total).
All finalists will be taste-tested at the Canterbury A&P
Show to decide the overall winner.
Competition convener and New Zealand Sheepbreeders'
Association general manager Greg Burgess said sheep farmers
should give it a go.
''In my position with the New Zealand Sheepbreeders'
Association, members are always informing me of the superior
meat quality of their particular breed. I say now to all of
you, enter this competition and prove it!
''The mint lamb competition continues to raise the profile of
the sheep breeding industry, it is so important for farmers
"I challenge all farmers to enter, not just for the prizes,
but for the profile for your particular breed and for your
There is no entry fee for the competition and proceeds from
the lambs will go to the Canterbury A&P Association for
ongoing show development.
To receive an entry form or for more information contact the
show office on (03) 343-2136 or email: email@example.com
Entries close Wednesday, October 23.