Next weekend’s TXL Day Out youth event at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, will see leading butcher Tom Wood demonstrate the value in a lamb carcass to those attending.
With shifting trends in red meat purchasing and consumption patterns both domestically and internationally it is vital that the UK sheep sector continues to produce lambs which have value for all in the supply chain, said Texel Sheep Society youth development programme coordinator Ailish Ross.
“Tom Wood is widely recognised as one the leading butchers of his generation and has a wealth of knowledge on how to maximise the value of every cut in the carcass to best effect.
“It is important those involved in grass roots sheep production understand the needs of modern consumers and Tom’s insight will be invaluable in this regard,” she added.
Meanwhile, adding a more informal element to proceedings will be a cook-off featuring members of the Society’s YDP committee.
“While much of the day will have key educational messages for those attending, this part will allow everyone involved to relax and enjoy themselves while also showcasing the cooking skills, or lack of them, of some of our committee members.”
And, giving a focus to the aspirations of those attending will be a panel session with a trio of leading Texel breeders all of whom run diverse farming and wider businesses.
Explaining their routes in to farming and the Texel breed will be current Society chairman Steve Richardson, vice chairman Roy Campbell and immediate past chairman David McKerrow.
“All of these people have been involved in both the Texel breed and the farming industry for many years and have developed their flocks and businesses to be both profitable and sustainable with a vision for the future.
“I have no doubt anyone attending the TXL Day Out will learn a great deal from all three and have some significant take-home messages to help guide them as they develop their own flocks and businesses for the future,” said Miss Ross.
Attendance at the TXL Day Out is open to all those aged under 35 and with an interest in the Texel breed and progressing within the sheep industry, she said.
“There is no requirement for attendees to have their own flock or even be from a farming background and family members and parents and guardians are also welcome to take part in the day.”