Butchery at the AGM

Master butcher Mike Humphries with the lamb carcase (Photo: Andrew Lee)

There are not many AGMs where a man walks onto the stage, drops a lamb carcase onto the table and carefully lays out a saw, a meat cleaver and various awesomely sharp knives.

Club members watched fascinated as master butcher Mike Humphries from Rowledge near Farnham, gave an awe inspiring butchery demonstration reducing the carcase into an array of popular joints and cuts including a lamb shank, whole leg, butterflied leg, neck fillet, chops, rack of lamb, traditional shoulder, slow roast shoulder, noisette, a lamb cannon and more besides.

Mike sources his meat locally and hangs it for two weeks thereby enhancing the flavour and texture of the meat. Contrast this with supermarket meat which is hung for a much lesser period if at all resulting in meat which is is often is bright red and pappy - you are almost boiling it however you cook because of the high moisture content remaining the in the meat. For good, tender, well flavoured meat - go to a good butcher! 

At the end of the demo, Mike auctioned the cuts of lamb for his chosen charity, his local hospice. 

Master butcher Mike Humphries with the various cuts of lamb  (Photo: Andrew Lee)

Afterwards members tucked into a hot meal with a choice of lamb, chicken and vegetarian dishes accompanied by wine and soft drinks.

In the earlier formal part of the meeting outgoing Chairman Denis Lester presented the 2014 McLellan Lambing Trophy to Brigid Kirsch who achieved a lambing percentage of 210% from 19 Lleyn ewes. This is awarded to the Small Shepherd who shows excellent stockmanship by achieving the highest lambing percentage from their flock (a minimum of 6 ewes.)

The Roger Manning Memorial Award was awarded to Birgitte Attley, a unanimously popular choice. This annual award is made to a club member who has made an outstanding contribution to the spirit of the Club either in the last year or over a period of years. 

Bob Anderson was voted in as Chairman and Graham Stafford as Vice Chairman. The rest of the Officers and Committee remain unchanged.

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