Farmers from throughout New Zealand were invited to showcase their quality lamb and compete in the 2017 Mint Lamb Competition.

About

The competition, now in its eleventh year, was open to all breeds and celebrates the quality and variety of lamb available in New Zealand with a focus on increasing consumption of one of the country's largest export earners.

Lambs must be new season, born after 1 July 2017. Lambs were initally judged for Highest Yield before being Tender Tested at Lincoln University and Taste Tested at the 2017 Canterbury A&P Show.

Changes were made to the competition in 2015 to better reflect the lamb industry's requirements and to ensure a fair and transparent final result. The overall Winner was decided on a points accumulation from the Yield, Tender Testing and Final Taste Testing stages. This format continued in 2017 and a highest yield prize has been added to each class.

There was no entry fee for the competition; proceeds from the gift lambs were credited to the Canterbury A&P Association to support the development of the Canterbury A&P Show.

Key Dates

Entries Open
August 2017

Sponsors

 

alliance

HRL-Combo

Judges

Taste Test Judges:

David Napier (Saggio di vino)

Mark McCracken (Comber Cuisine)

H.E. Bernard Savage (EU Ambassador to New Zealand)

Tim Rutherford (Hazlett Rural Limited) 

Results

Overall Winner 
Paul and Kay Gardner, Ashburton - Texel

Winning Drafter 
Guy Letham

Class 1 - Dual Purpose x Dual Purpose
1st  Sam Holland, Culverden - Romney/Texel
2nd  Marty Kelly, Waiau - Romney/Texel
3rd  Robert & Jean Forrester, Amberley - Romney/Il De France
4th  Marty Kelly, Waiau - Romney/Texel
Highest Yield - Robert & Jean Forrester

Class 2 - Dual Purpose Dam x Dual Purpose Sire
1st  John & Rose MacKintosh, Greendale - Corriedale/Texel
2nd  Kevin Carr & Kath Murphy, Kumeu - White Dorper X
3rd  AJ & PJ Brosnan, Cave - Charollais/Perendale
4th  Chris Hampton, Rangiora - Suftex/Borderdale
Highest Yield - John & Rose MacKintosh

Class 3 - Terminal x Terminal
1st  Paul Gardner, Ashburton - Texel
2nd  Jo Morris, Palmerston North - Dorper X
3rd  Jo Morris, Palmerston North - Dorper X
4th  Andrew Sidey, Hawarden - Poll Dorset/Texel X
Highest Yield - Paul and Kay Gardner

Previous Winners

2016     Peter and Corina Morris, Gore - Charollais/Texel
2015     Andrew Sidey, Hawarden - Texel/Poll Dorset
2014     Paul Gardner, Ashburton - Texel
2013     Mike Ryan, Canterbury - Coopdale
2012     Hugh Taylor, North Canterbury - Romney
2011     William Feetham, Hastings - Romney X
2010     M & R McConachy, Featherston - Texel
2009     Grant Hyde, Rangiora - Texel/Perendale
2008     Ken & Judy Tomlinson, Amberley - Composite
2007     David & Rosie Clark, Rangiora - Romney Dorset Down X

Entry

Open to farmers from throughout New Zealand

Objective of the Competition
The objective of the Mint Lamb Competition is to promote the quality and variety of lamb available in New Zealand, leading to increased consumption while providing an opportunity for individual farmers to be recognised for the superior product they produce.

The competition is open to all breeds. Lambs are to be current new season lambs born after 1 July 2017.

There is no entry fee to enter the Canterbury A&P Show Mint Lamb Competition. Proceeds from the gift lambs will be credited to the Canterbury A&P Association to assist in the development of the Show.

Prizes

Stage 1 - HIGHEST YIELD: The highest yield in each class will receive $750.00 cash and 2.5 litre Zolvix Plus. Winner to be announced during the Taste Test on 15 November

Stage 2 – CLASS PLACINGS: Class placings will be announced during the Taste Test on 15 November. The finalists in each class will receive the following:

1st     $200.00 cash, 2.5 litre Zolvix Plus and Elanco Optiline Backpack and Drench Gun Applicator.
2nd    $150.00 cash
3rd    $100.00 cash
4th    $50.00 cash

Stage 3 – OVERALL WINNER: The overall Winner of the Canterbury A&P Show Mint Lamb Competition will be awarded the Alliance Group Mint Lamb Trophy, Show Ribbon. Overall Winner receives $1000 cash, 2.5 litre Zolvix Plus and Elanco Optiline Backpack and Drench Gun Applicator.
Agents/Drafters: Each entry received with your name listed as the agent/drafter puts you in the draw for a boxed set of Medal Winning Wine from the International Aromatic Wine Competition. The agent/drafter of the winning lamb will also receive a Case of Medal Winning Wine from the International Aromatic Wine Competition.

Judging

The lambs will be processed by Alliance Group at Dannevirke for North Island entries and at Pukeuri, Oamaru for South Island entries. They will be judged initially for Best Overall Yield. The top 4 lambs in each of the 4 classes will be selected as semi-finalists (16 in total) and sent to be Tender Tested at Lincoln University. Based on the result of the Tender Test, the top 3 lambs in each of the 4 classes will be selected as finalists (12 in total). All finalists will be Taste Tested at the 2013 Canterbury A&P Show to select the Overall Winner of the Mint Lamb Competition.

Over 100,000 people visit the three day Canterbury A&P Show. The 2013 Canterbury A&P Show will run from 13-15 November. Competition results will be promoted via a media release to all key media nationally and in advertisements in rural publications, and also on the Show website.

The Taste Test judging of the finalists will take place in the Sheep Exhibitors Club at the Canterbury A&P Show on Wednesday 13 November at 4.30pm. All entrants will receive notification of the yield results and finalists, as well as 2 x 1 day Show tickets and invitation to the Taste Test judging.

Schedule of Classes
There are four classes:

Class 1 – Dual Purpose x Dual Purpose
Class 2 – Dual Purpose x Terminal Sire
Class 3 – Terminal x Terminal

Conditions of Entry

Entry close date 25th October 2017. After your entry is received you will be sent instructions regarding collection/delivery of your lambs to the North or South Island Alliance Group plant. Your Mint Lamb Competition Allflex eartag will be sent to you directly, once your entry form has been received by the Canterbury A&P Association. You must ensure you send an ASD (animal status declaration) including the eartag number for each lamb when they are sent to the Alliance Group plant. Carcase weight range 14kgs to 23kgs. No cull stud animals, commercial sheep entries only.

Publicity
In any advertising, promotion and publicity, an entrant may refer only to an award won by the entrant's lamb and not (whether expressly or by implication) to the lamb or competition performance of any other entrant/s. Any use of an award in advertising promotional or publicity material must be accompanied by a statement of the actual award won and the year or years in which they were won and any award illustrated must relate to the award described.

Personnel
Convenors:
Greg Burgess - Sheep Committee, Canterbury A&P Association.
Bindy Grace - Event Administrator, Canterbury A&P Show.

Area Lamb Coordinators: 
North Canterbury - Murray Hartnell 03 314 8740
Rangiora - Dave Clark 03 312 5762
Cheviot - Mark Stevenson 022 087 5818
Tinwald/Ashburton - Guy Letham 027 444 3312
Ellesmere/Dunsandel - Brian Brice, 0274 620 118
Darfield/Malvern - Kim Ridgen 0274 084 226
South Canterbury/Nth Otago - Chris Medlicott 0276 216 696
North Island/Other - TBA, contact office 03 343 2136
OR contact your local rep - HRL, PGG Wrightson, Rural Livestock, Peter Walsh & Associates or Alliance Group Representative.

Entries for 2017 are now closed.  

Sponsors

                          alliance HRL Combo  zolvix-logo       Allflex logo 110406

 

Contact

Convenor:
Greg Burgess, Sheep Committee, Canterbury A&P Association
Phone: 0210 567 786
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Area Lamb Coordinators:
North Canterbury - Murray Hartnell 03 314 8740
Rangiora - Dave Clark 03 312 5762
Cheviot - Mark Stevenson 022 087 5818
Tinwald/Ashburton - Guy Letham 027 444 3312
Ellesmere/Dunsandel - Brian Brice, 0274 620 118
Darfield/Malvern - Kim Ridgen 0274 084 226
South Canterbury/Nth Otago - Chris Medlicott 0276 216 696
North Island/Other - TBA, contact office 03 343 2136
OR contact your local rep - HRL, PGG Wrightson, Rural Livestock, Peter Walsh & Associates or Alliance Group Representative.

For further information contact:
Bindy Grace, Event Administrator, Canterbury A&P Show
Phone: 03 343 2136
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.