'Glammies' award winners announced

Glammies-Producer-of-the-Decade 15 March 2017

The producer of New Zealand’s most consistently tender and tasty lamb in the last 10 years was announced at the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Golden Lamb Awards 2017, aka the 'Glammies'.

For the past 10 years, the Glammies competition has sought out the country’s top lamb based on a scientific assessment and taste. This year, the results from the past decade were collated to determine Robert Gardyne from Oturehua, Central Otago as the Producer of the Decade.

Having been a finalist in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and the 2016 Grand Champion, Gardyne is no stranger to success. He has farmed for 52 years and believes his success is down to experience and practice.

“Consumers are now much more interested in the food they eat and where it comes from. Reflecting on the past decade, a lot of effort has been put into the management and genetic makeup of the animal to fine-tune the lamb we produce. Gaining an award like this is a huge thrill and gives me confidence in what is to come,” says Gardyne.

Following an independent assessment for yield, tenderness, succulence and colour the top 20 finalists were found and sent to be judged by Beef and Lamb New Zealand Ambassador Chefs in the Grand Final at the Wanaka A&P Show.

Full results

PRODUCER OF THE DECADE (2007 – 2017): Robert Gardyne, Oturehua

2017 GRAND CHAMPION: Forbes & Angus Cameron, Ashhurst (Growbulk)

PROCESSOR OF THE GRAND CHAMPION: Alliance Dannevirke

2017 RETAIL WINNER: Countdown Supermarkets (South Suffolk/Romney from Ruakiwi, Kaikohe)

2017 PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Matt & Lynley Wyeth, Masterton (Highlander/Primera), processed at Silver Fern Farms Takapau

CLASS 1 - BEST OF BREED: TRADITIONAL 
Gold: Hamish Mackay, Gore (Romney), processed at Alliance LornevilleSilver: Robert Gardyne, Oturehua (Perendale), processed at Alliance LornevilleBronze: Paul, Rachel, Mark & Louise Heslip, Dipton (Perendale/Romney), processed at Alliance LornevilleHighly Commended: Don Morrison, Gore (Romney), processed at Alliance Lorneville 

CLASS 2 - BEST OF BREED: CROSSBREED 
Gold: Roger, Alison & Jeremy Thomas, Tuatapere (Perendale/Texel), processed at Silver Fern Farms WaitaneSilver: Charles Crutchley, Ranfurly (Texel/Perendale/Romney), processed at Oamaru MeatsBronze: Hayden Peter, Wyndham (Greeline), processed at Alliance LornevilleHighly Commended: Jane Leogreen, Dannevirke (Texel/Perendale/Romney), processed at Alliance Dannevirke

CLASS 3 - BEST OF BREED: TERMINAL CROSS
Gold: Don Morrison, Gore (Growbulk/Charollais), processed at Alliance Lorneville
Silver: Matt & Lynley Wyeth, Masterton (Highlander/Primera), processed at Silver Fern Farms Takapau
Bronze: Gary Fordyce, Gore (Composite/Texel X), processed at Silver Fern Farms Waitane
Highly Commended: Allan Paterson, Otautau (CoopTexel/Texel), processed at Alliance Lorneville 

CLASS 4 - BEST OF BREED: OPEN 
Gold: Peter Sim & Maree Whiteley, Garston (Textra), processed at Silver Fern Farms Waitane
Silver: Forbes & Angus Cameron, Ashhurst (Growbulk), processed at Alliance Dannevirke
Bronze: Doug Brown, Oamaru (Poll Dorset/Texel), processed at Alliance Smithfield
Highly Commended: Robert Gardyne, Oturehua (Perendale/Suffolk/Texel), processed at Alliance Lorneville 

CLASS 5 - RETAIL 
Gold: Countdown Supermarkets (South Suffolk/Romney from Ruakiwi, Kaikohe)
Silver: Pure South, Alliance Meats (Romney/Texel from JW, JC & JR Clark, Milton)
Bronze: Countdown Supermarkets (Southdown/Texel/Romney from DI Cathcart, Huntly)
Highly Commended: Lifestyle Meats (Texel Perendale from Ohakune)

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