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

About

The Mint Lamb Competition is celebrating it's 11th anniversary in 2017. The competition is 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 will initally be 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 will continue in 2017 and a highest yield prize has been added to each class.

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

Key Dates for 2017

Entries Open
August

Canterbury A&P Show
15 - 17 November 2017

Taste Test Judging
4.30pm, Wednesday 15 November 2017

Results Available
November 2017

Major Sponsors

 

alliance

HRL-Combo

 

2016 Taste Test Judges:

Jax Hamilton (Celebrity Chef), Mark McCracken (Baretta and The Cuban), Winton Dalley (Mayor of Hurunui), Josh Brown (Elanco)


2016 Results


Overall Winner 
Peter and Corina Morris, Gore - Charollais/Texel

Winning Drafter 
Glenn Hayward, Alliance

Finalists
Class 1 - Dual Purpose x Dual Purpose

1st Marty Kelly, Waiau - Romtex X
2nd Sam Holland, Culverden - Romtex X
3rd Forbes Cameron, Palmerston North - Growbulk X
4th Dougal Norrie, Culverden - Corriedale

Highest Yield - Marty Kelly

Class 2 - Dual Purpose Dam x Terminal Sire
1st Maree Quin, Ashburton - Poll Dorset/Romney
2nd  = WJ Feetham, Hastings - Poll Dorset/Romney
2nd = Nigel Jay, Lincoln - Charollais/Coopworth
4th Gerard Coll, Cheviout - Romney/Southcross

Highest Yield - WJ Feetham

Class 3 - Terminal x Terminal
1st Peter and Corina Morris, Gore - Charolais/Texel
2nd Maree Quinn, Ashburton - Terminal x (South Suffolk/Texel)
3rd Paul Gardner, Ashburton - Texel
4th Murray Smith, Rangiora - Charollais/Sufftex/Tefrom

Highest Yield - Peter and Corina Morris

Previous Winners

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

Click here to enter the 2017 Mint Lamb Competition

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.

Schedule of Classes

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

Judging

Stage 1 -  YIELD TEST (60 points): 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. Fat Lambs will forfeit 10 points. The top four lambs in each class will be named as Finalists and will progress to Stage 2 and Stage 3. All entrants will be notified of finalists via email.

Stage 2 - TENDER TEST (20 points): The 12 Finalists will be Tender Tested at Lincoln University. The combined results from the Yield and Tender Test will decide the Class Placings and prizes.

Stage 3 - TASTE TEST (20 points): The 12 finalists will be Taste Tested at the 2017 Canterbury A&P Show on Wednesday 15 November in the Sheep Exhibitors Club at 4.30pm. The Overall Winner will be decided based upon an accumulation of points from all three stages.
The overall Winner of the Canterbury A&P Show Mint Lamb Competition (based on an accumulation of points for the Yield, Tender Test and Taste Test) will be awarded the Alliance Group Mint Lamb Trophy, show Ribbon and promotion and cash prize/product.

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.

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 - TBA, contact office 03 343 2136
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.

 

Sponsors

 

alliance HRL Combo
Elanco Allflex logo 110406 Ellesmere Logo

 

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 0273 515 995
Rangiora - TBA, contact office 03 343 2136
Cheviot - Bryce Stevenson 0210 202 7777
Tinwald/Ashburton - David Wyllie 0277 576 476
Ellesmere/Dunsandel - TBA, contact office 03 343 2136
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.