Manawatu farmers win Golden Lamb Awards

Alliance Group chairman Murray Taggart with suppliers Forbes and Christine Cameron after they were announced grand ...
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Alliance Group chairman Murray Taggart with suppliers Forbes and Christine Cameron after they were announced grand champions at the Glammies in Wanaka.

Manawatu sheep farmer Forbes Cameron is taking the grand champion trophy to the North Island after winning the Glammies.

The Beef + Lamb New Zealand Golden Lamb Awards, or Glammies, were held at the Wanaka A&P Show on Friday.

Cameron, along with his wife Christine, and son Angus, farm a sheep and beef breeding property in the Pohangina Valley, near Ashurst in the Manawatu.

Glammies head judge Graham Hawkes and chef Steve Beere judge the lamb.

Glammies head judge Graham Hawkes and chef Steve Beere judge the lamb.

Forbes and Angus also won the 2013 competition.

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Ahead of being announced as the winner of the competition, Cameron was announced in second place in the open class.

He described his win as a bit of a "fluke".

The Cameron's lambs are farmed on hill country before being finished on lower country, Forbes said. 

Lambs were mostly finished on a traditional grass-based system with added chicory, plantain and ryegrass, he said.

The Forbes' growbulk, processed at Alliance Dannevirke, outshone the 166 entrants in this year's competition.

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The Camerons also won the beef equivalent competition, the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin, in 2015.

Alliance Group was awarded processor of grand champion.

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Glammies and to celebrate a special prize was introduced - producer of the decade.

The winner was selected through a points system from how many times they had been finalists, class winners and overall winners at the event.

Robert and Rosemary Gardyne, and Grant and Teri Gardyne, of Oturehua, near Ida Valley in Central Otago, were the winners of the producer of the decade award.

When asked what the secret to producing top quality lambs consistently for a decade was, Robert said it was simple: clover.

"It would be remiss of me if I didn't point out that a quarter of the finalists used our lambs."

Gardyne has farmed for 52 years and believed his success was down to experience and practice.

For the first time this year the crowd at the Glammies were able to select their favourite meat from the top five finalists.

The People's Choice Award went to Matt and Lynley Wyeth of Masterton.

Beef + Lamb NZ chief executive Sam McIvor said lamb was the most value-add product of New Zealand's primary industries and the Glammies were about celebrating the best of the best producers and retailers in the country.

"This competition recognises the quality aspects that are so important to the customer. The excellent results are a reflection of the work that farmers, processors, and scientists have put into driving these aspects of lamb production."

Glammies 2017 finalists:

Class One: Traditional

1. Hamish and Miriam McKay, Gore

2. Robert and Rosemary, Grant and Teri Gardyne, of Oturehua

3. Paul and Rachel, Mark and Louise Heslip, of Dipton

4. Don and Bridget Morrison, Gore

Class Two: Crossbreed

1. Roger and Alison Thomas, Tuatapere

2. Charles and David Crutchley, Ranfurly

3. Hayden Peter, Wyndham

4. Jane Leogreen, Dannevirke

Class Three: Terminal cross

1. Donald and Bridget Morrison, Gore

2. Matt and Lynley Wyeth, Masterton

3. Gary and Joanne Fordyce, Gore

4. Allan and Gayleen Paterson, Otautau

Class Four: Open

1. Peter Sim, Garston

2. Forbes and Christine Cameron, Manawatu

3. Doug and Jenny Brown, Oamaru

4. Robert, Rosemary, Grant and Teri Gardyne, of Oturehua

Class Five: Retail

1. Countdown North Island

2. Alliance Group, Pure South

3. Countdown South Island

4. Lifestyle Meats

 - Stuff

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