The craft skills of independent butchers were given a high profile as a significant part of the Quality Meat Scotland stand at this year’s Royal Highland Show. The meat promotion body was celebrating the 20th anniversary of the launch of the world-leading assurance schemes which underpin the Scottish red meat industry’s brands, Scotch beef, Scotch lamb and specially selected pork.
Four young butchers carried out demonstrations that projected the message that the best place to buy Scotch beef, Scotch lamb and specially selected pork was at the butchers’ shop.
As well as the 30-minute demonstrations a refrigerated cabinet displayed the kind of cuts that set craft butchers aside from supermarkets.
On the Thursday of the show Scottish Young Butcher of the Year, Murray Jamieson (20) from Bruce Brymer’s in Brechin cut shoulder of lamb and pork loin.
In between cookery demonstrations by Lady Claire Macdonald, the Quality Meat Scotland stand hosted the butchery sessions involving some of the country’s top young butchers with commentary from Douglas Scott, Chief Executive of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association.