LMC announces winners of NIFQA competition
The Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) has revealed the three winners of its Meat4Schools competition that seeks to highlight the significance of Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured (NIFQA) beef and lamb as part of a healthy balanced diet.
This year, pupils produced original recipes with NIFQA beef and lamb as part of their competition submission. The three winning recipes were Brilliant Beef Burgers, Lamb Stew and Spaghetti Bolognese.
The winning schools are: De La Salle High School, Downpatrick, Down High School, Downpatrick and Loreto Convent Grammar School, Omagh. The winning schools each received £100 worth of NIFQA beef and lamb, sponsored by ABP Food Group.
A resounding success
LMC education and consumer promotions manager Sarah Toland said: “This year we were pleased to receive an encouraging number of entries. We were delighted that winners spanned from one side of the province to the other, reiterating the reach of the Meat4Schools competition. The standard of entries was extremely high and it was good to see the enthusiasm and interest of pupils wanting to cook and enjoy beef and lamb.”
Recipe books and educational resources were also given to the winning schools. Toland said she is hopeful that the recipe books will provide some helpful tips for pupils keen to continue cooking. She added: “Many students choose to cook with beef and lamb as part of their practical examinations, and we hope that we can encourage them to take these recipes home and tell others about the benefits of NIFQA beef and lamb.”
More events in the pipeline
Lauren Patterson, LMC marketing and communications manager, said that the Commission is arranging further events targeted at schools. She said: “We are on track to complete 375 school cookery demonstrations before March 2022. These have been highly sought after in light of the impact of Covid-19 on practical cookery lessons. These demonstrations provide pupils with an opportunity to ask questions about NIFQA beef and lamb, learn new cookery skills, and most importantly taste beef and lamb, some for the first time. At LMC, we are proud to support teachers and pupils in accessing and learning about NIFQA beef and lamb.”