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Hannan Meats ‘steak’ claim to best beef in European Angus Cattle Society Awards

4th April 2011

As well as picking up the supreme champion award the County Armagh company also won best sirloin and best fillet steak in the over-15 employees category of the EACSA sponsored event.
All winning steaks from Hannan Meats were sourced from Hereford Cattle.

The award for best rib-eye in this category went to Crossgar Meats with the beef sourced from Dexter cattle.

Meanwhile, in the under-15 employee category, Millar Meats from Irvinestown scored a superb hat-trick by winning all three classes – best sirloin, best fillet and best rib-eye.
All winning steaks from Millar Meats were sourced from an Angus Limousin cross.

The winners were announced at a special charity awards evening which was held at Tandragee Golf Club on April 1.

Commenting on the Awards, European Angus Cattle Society Secretary, Harry McGaffin said, “The standard was very high throughout the competition but Hannan Meats came out tops both in the controlled taste test and with celebrity judge, local rally driver, Kenny McKinstry.
“Of course Millar Meats also had an exceptional result with its hat-trick of wins in the under-15 employee category. Stephen Millar breeds all his own cattle and he sells the beef from the family run butchers shop in Irvinestown.
“We are very pleased with the support that was given to the event and, more importantly, the quality of the beef that was entered.”

Open to farmers, butchers, retailers and processors the actual competition was staged at CAFRE, Loughry Campus back in January.

“We decided to wait until now to reveal the winners and took the decision to organise a gala charity evening in support of the Northern Ireland Children’s Cancer Unit Fund as  part of the proceedings,” explained Harry. “We aim to build on the initial success of the competition and our intentions are to make this an annual event.”

Award winners and officials pictured at the 2011 European Angus Cattle Society Steak Tasting Competition Awards, from left to right, Noel Angus, Angus Farm Shops, Greyabbey, Stephen Millar, Millar Meats, Irvinestown, Harry McGaffin, Secretary of the European Angus Cattle Society, competition organisers, Peter Hannan, Hannan Meats, Moira, local rally driver, Kenny McKinstry who was the celebrity judge, Rosemary Johnston and Elaine Gilchrist, Crossgar Meats, Crossgar and David Weir, M & W Meats, Portadown.


Peter Hannan of Hannan Meats (centre) celebrates his success at the European Angus Cattle Society 2011 Steak Tasting Competition Awards. Hannan Meats won best sirloin and best fillet steak in the over-15 employee category and was named Supreme Champion at the Awards ceremony. Presenting the awards are, (left) Harry McGaffin, Secretary of the European Angus Cattle Society and celebrity judge, rally driver, Kenny McKinstry.


Stephen Millar of Milalr Meats, Irvinestown (centre) celebrates his success at the European Angus Cattle Society 2011 Steak Tasting Competition Awards. Millar Meats won all three classes in the under-15 employee category, winning best sirloin, best fillet and best rib-eye. Presenting the awards are, (left) Harry McGaffin, Secretary of the European Angus Cattle Soceity and celebrity judge, rally driver, Kenny McKinstry.

 

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