A farmer from Inverness beat off the cream of Scottish beef producers to win the McIntosh Donald/Tesco Best Scotch Steak competition at the Royal Highland Show.
Gary Cameron from Allanglach, North Kessock, was presented with the McIntosh Donald Rosebowl and a cheque for £1000 by Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead.
“The steak competition exemplifies the quality of beef we produce in Scotland and we need to produce more to meet a growing demand both at home and abroad,” said Mr Lochhead. “Scottish food exports have increased by 62% over the past four years and every country I visit in Europe recognises Scotch beef as a top quality product.
Mr Cameron carried off the top award with a steak from a 22 month old Simmental cross steer which weighed 337.2kg deadweight and graded –U4L.
The steak came from one of 12 sirloins selected from 110 at the preliminary judging at McIntosh Donald’s Portlethen meat plant last month.
Runner-up was a Charolais cross from brothers, Eric and Iain Learmonth, Greens of Savoch, Auchnagatt, with third place going to another Charolais cross from Sandy and Graham Brown, Reidhall, Edzell.
Finalists alo included, G J and A Robertson, Titaboutie, Coull, Tarland (Limousin cross, 283kg, R4L), I and A Beaton, Newton of Drum, Drumoak, Banchory (Limousin cross, 344.4kg, U+4L) and nether Balfour Farms, Drumoak, Banchory (Limousin cross, 326kg, -U4L).