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Louth farmer success in Smithfields competition

Robert Needham (centre) alongside his son John (right), and President of the Lincoln Red Cattle Society, Alan Hargreaves (left). Photo credit: Tim Scrivener

Robert Needham (centre) alongside his son John (right), and President of the Lincoln Red Cattle Society, Alan Hargreaves (left). Photo credit: Tim Scrivener

A local farmer has been crowned champion in the Beef Ribs competition at the Smithfield ‘National Festival of Meat’.

Robert Needham, whose farm ‘R E Needham and Son’ is based in Gayton le Wold, won the beef ribs championship last month with a British Blue Cross Lincoln Red heifer, born in March 2012. His son, John, was also in attendance.

Local butcher Lakings of Louth prepared the ribs for presentation at the event.

Robert Needham said: “We are delighted to win the competition, and we always hope to win. This is the fourth time we’ve won in the last twelve years or so.

“Everybody likes local produce from local farms, and everybody knows where our meat is from. A lot of our beef goes to Lakings of Louth throughout the year.”

The Reserve title winner was Michael Read from Horncastle, with a Limousin Cross steer born in November 2011.

The two ribs were also placed first and second respectively in the ‘Continental’ class at the festival. Additionally, Mr Read claimed third prize in the ‘Native’ section, with a Lincoln Red heifer born in October 2011.

The competition was held at the East of England Showground in Peterborough over December 5-6 last year.

 

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