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Knives are the most essential tool for a butcher. There’s nothing you can do without one and for many of us the style and sharpness is a matter of pride – the sharper the knife and more beautiful the handle the better. The one thing that applies across the board is that once we’ve found…

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  For most people this is just a silly comment made when no-one knows the answer to a question, but for butchers there could very well be an answer to this poser. A piece of string at the end of a knot should not be long at all, but the end of the roll does…

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  The government has overhauled the training standards for many apprenticeships across a wide variety of trades, including butchery. This activity produced the “Trailblazer” apprenticeship standards, with the trailblazers themselves being industry members, business owners and processors. Involved in the production of the new butchery apprenticeship standards were ABP, Morrisons, Tulip and J.W Mettrick among…

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    If you’re heading to the South West for holidays this year make sure you visit Barnstaple and see the iconic Butchers Row, as it is one the last surviving examples of purpose built meat retailing units in the country. Built in the middle of the 1800s, before the modern chiller units and air…

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  The antipodean nation may have lost out to it’s bigger neighbour in access to the lucrative Chinese meat market, but they have made inroads to the large beef and sheep meat market in Iran. Iran is the second largest economy in the region and the trade deal signals the start of better relations between…

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  We recently posted about 3D printed meat on our Facebook page, information that was met with amazement from those working in the industry. Well, it seems like this technology has really made an impact on the catering and meat trades, and Australia is soon to have it’s first 3D printed restaurant pop up, if…

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  Although it may seem like a distant memory, the investigations into corruption in Brazil’s meat and agriculture businesses continues, with another two investigations launched recently focusing on allegations of preferential treatment meted out to certain business by Brazil’s agricultural department. The first set of accusations centre on the apparent easing of regulations for some…

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  The UK team for the International Young Butcher Competition has been announced. Three youngsters will be heading off to The Netherlands for the 17th and 18th September where they will compete against young butchers aged 18 to 23 from six other countries at the Slavakto exhibition The UK representatives are Kyle Mottram of Keelham…

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  The ransomware attack which affected NHS business across the country and many more worldwide on Friday 12th May also affected smaller business, indicating that it was not specifically targeted at the NHS or other organisations. The virus, known as WannaCry, was stopped over the weekend by MalwareTech, an anonymous hacker who found the kill…