It was win, win, win for the Lincoln Red beef entered into the Beef Ribs Competition at the Smithfield Festival held at the East of England showground on 2nd & 3rd December.
In all, 9 sets of ribs were entered into the competition with Lincoln Red and Lincoln Red X taking the top 3 places.
Supreme Champion, ribs from a Lincoln Red heifer owned by RE Needham and Son from Gayton-le-Wold in Lincolnshire. The heifer, born 02.03.2010, weighed 317.1kgs.
Reserve Champion, ribs from a Lincoln Red X heifer owned by Michael Read from Hemingby in Lincolnshire. The heifer, born 22.03.2010, weighed 375.3kgs.
First place for ribs from a steer, a Lincoln Red owned by Dave Stanley from Dyke in Lincolnshire. The steer, born 14.05.2009, weighed 338kgs.
With lots of interest generated around the carcass section of show, it was soon apparent that the marbling in the Lincoln Red beef was attracting a lot of attention and very good comments. The lack of the gristle line, so often seen on continental breed ribs, was certainly another factor in the choice of rib by those viewing.