The Black family, of Ermedale, (from left) Wendy, Jessica
(16), Maggie (6, front), Daniel (14), Olivia (11), and Leon
have their photo taken with Beef and Lamb NZ Central South
Island director Anne Munro after winning the best of breed
open category at the Golden Lamb Awards. Photo by Leith
Huffadine. Island director Anne Munro after winning the
best of breed open category at the Golden Lamb Awards 2014.
A Southland family has won the best of breed open
category at the 2014 Golden Lamb Awards.
Leon and Wendy Black, of Ermedale, along with their children,
accepted the award at the Upper Clutha A&P show in Wanaka
Their lamb, processed by Alliance Lorneville, was deemed to
be the best by a judging panel that included Prime Minister
John Key and Olympic BMX medallist Sarah Walker. Mr Black
said he was rapt with the result.
''We enter these things to find out how good we are so it's
nice to come out first in class.
A lot of people did not understand the product they were
providing and the need for consistently high quality lamb, so
the event was good to be able to help people understand that.
''You have to care - care about what we are producing and how
well we have to do so,'' Mr Black said.
Beef and Lamb NZ chief executive Rod Slater said word from
the judges was there was a significant variance between
flavours, succulence and tenderness compared with other
The Beef and Lamb NZ competition saw 172 entries, up from
last year's event, Mr Slater said.
''My take on the competition is it has got stronger each
year, which is all we can ask for when you dream up a
competition and don't know how it is going to go.''
Beef and Lamb NZ Central South Island director Anne Munro
said the event was about celebrating the positives of the
''We produce a fantastic product and it is great to celebrate
that ... [we need to] focus on what we do and what we do
well, and strive to keep bringing out the goods.''
The grand title was won by Fraser and Sara Briant, of
Gisborne, with a Coopworth processed at Silver Fern Farms
Takapau. Roger and Alison Thomas, of Tuatapere, won the best
of breed crossbreed category with a Perendale-Texel processed
at Silver Fern Farms Waitane.
A full list of results is available on the Beef and Lamb NZ
- by Leith Huffadine