Mint lamb contest change

Ashburton farmers Paul and Kay Gardner won the 
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Ashburton farmers Paul and Kay Gardner won the Canterbury A&P Association’s mint lamb competition for the third time last year. PHOTO: CENTRAL RURAL LIFE FILES
Bragging rights are at stake in the Canterbury A&P Association’s mint lamb competition.

Normally held in conjunction with the New Zealand Agricultural Show, the popular competition will be announced at the association’s elite ram and ewe fair on Friday, November 27.

Canterbury A&P Association committee member Graham Sidey said the format had changed this year, a new "ram breeders’ class" having been added and participants able to give a lamb or money to go into a prize draw.

Lambs are entered in three weight classes (14.6kg to 19.9kg, 20kg to 24.9kg and the ram breeders’ class of 14.6kg to 24.9kg) and judged over three stages: on the hook and the carcass yield, and tests for tenderness and taste.

The 12 finalist lambs will be cooked by a leading New Zealand chef at a Christchurch restaurant for the taste test on Thursday evening, before the results are announced at the Sheep Breeders’ Club at Canterbury Agricultural Park at 5pm on Friday.

 

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