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Sheep Farmers Poised For The 2010 Glammies

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Sheep Farmers Poised For The 2010 Glammies

Rural rivalry is set to reignite as farmers begin planning for the 2010 Glammies.

As the tinsel town event of the lamb industry's calendar, the annual Golden Lamb Awards (aka Glammies) are expected to attract entries from sheep farmers around the country, vying to be named producer of New Zealand's most tender, tasty lamb.

With the arrival of spring and the lambing season, farmers will be carefully selecting their best animals to be put to the test at the Upper Clutha A & P show in Wanaka in March 2010.

In its fourth year, the challenge run by Beef + Lamb New Zealand, on behalf of Meat & Wool New Zealand, and proudly sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health will see each entry undergo rigorous analysis by Carne Technologies in Cambridge.

Each leg of lamb will be tested for tenderness and yield (the amount of lean meat compared to bone and fat) to gain selection for the March final and a taste-test by a panel of discerning judges.

Scott Champion, CEO of Meat & Wool New Zealand, says "This is a great opportunity for one of New Zealand's premium products to be showcased. As the previous two years have demonstrated, the quality of lamb produced in this country is phenomenal and deserves recognition by way of an annual Awards event."

The competition is supported by meat plants around the country, including Alliance Group, Ashburton Meat Processors, Blue Sky Meats, Cabernet Foods, Land Meat NZ, Silver Fern Farms, Taylor Preston and Wilson Hellaby.

The 2009 Glammies Grand Champions were Ken and Joss Taylor of Otautau with their Textra lamb processed at Alliance Group, Mataura.

The 2009 Supreme Meat Retailer title was shared by Freshzone Countdown and Freshzone Woolworths, both from the South Island.

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