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Lamb defies the drought to Triumph at the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show

Posted on : 21 September 2018

Lamb entries have again defied the devastating drought to be named winner of the 2018 Dick Stone Perpetual Trophy at the Sydney Royal “Taste of Excellence Awards” held tonight at The Stables, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.
The Dick Stone Perpetual Trophy has been won by Victoria’s Woodward Foods Australia for its export grade Lamb (USA).
The Trophy is decided amongst the Championship winners to emerge from the Branded Meat section of the coveted Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show held this month.
Dick Stone was a true gentleman of the Australian Meat Industry that was resolute in his commitment to promoting excellence in the sector.  
2018 is the first year the Dick Stone Perpetual Trophy has been expanded to include beef, lamb and pork classes presented to the expert judges.
Chair of the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Committee and Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Councillor Lachlan Bowtell says this year’s competition was a testament to resilience;
“Even through the ravages of drought Australian lamb producers have delivered yet again,” Lachlan Bowtell said.
“The high quality and flavours of the lamb presented to the judges this year made their role even more difficult.
“The Sydney Royal Fine Food Awards aim to reward excellence and this year was a true testament to the commitment and passion of not only lamb, but beef and pork producers, at times under dire circumstances,” Lachlan Bowtell said.
Chair of Judges in the Branded Meat competition George R. Ujvary agreed;
“The overall quality of Beef exhibits this year was very high and it was interesting to see the gap between the marbling quality of grass fed and grain fed beef exhibits closing yet again this year,” George Ujvary said.
“The marbling of Wagyu exhibits this year was exceptional and flavour across all categories was very good.
“In the Lamb competition, the standard of some exhibits was exceptionally high this year despite the conditions seen across the country which presented a number of challenges to producers.
“The top exhibits were sweet in flavour, extremely tender and exceptional in mouthfeel and appearance.
“Whilst the Pork competition is still in relative infancy, the standard of competition was high and we all look forward to seeing this competition develop in the coming years,” he said.
During the competition 11 Gold Medals were awarded across seven classes in “Branded Meat” one of a series of time-honoured competitions conducted by the RAS and Sydney Royal across the calendar year.
From the Gold Medallists, Championship winners in Branded Meat were as follows;
CHAMPION LAMB (Classes 1 to 3)
CL: 0002 WOODWARD FOODS AUSTRALIA WOODWARD FOODS EXPORT
LAMB (USA)

CN: 202 WOODWARD FOODS
AUSTRALIA

CHAMPION PORK (Classes 4 to 5)

CL: 0004 DIAMOND SPRINGS PASTORAL PREMIUM FREE RANGE PORK -
FEMALE

CN: 400 DIAMOND SPRINGS PASTORAL

CHAMPION BEEF (Classes 6 to 8)
CL: 0006 MANNING VALLEY NATURALLY MANNING VALLEY NATURALLY
BEEF

CN: 604 WINGHAM BEEF EXPORTS

BRANDED MEAT GRAND CHAMPION (Classes 1 to 8)
CL: 0002 WOODWARD FOODS AUSTRALIA WOODWARD FOODS EXPORT
LAMB (USA)

The Dick Stone Perpetual Trophy, donated by Peggy Stone, for Branded Meat Grand
Champion Exhibit.

CL: 0002 WOODWARD FOODS AUSTRALIA WOODWARD FOODS EXPORT
LAMB (USA)

CN: 202 WOODWARD FOODS AUSTRALIA

Ends.

Media Contact:

Roger White
Manager, Public Relations
Royal Agricultural Society of NSW
P: (02) 9704 1453 E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au

Nicola Dalby
Communications Coordinator
Royal Agricultural Society of NSW
P: (02) 9704 1401 E: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au

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