Oyster Box steals the show at Royal Show red meat auction

2016-06-08 06:00

A DETERMINED Kevin Joseph, executive head chef of the Oyster­ Box Hotel in Umhlanga, came away from the prestigious Royal Show carcass auction with the champion lamb last week.

The white dorper, bred by Coetzee Reitz, from Williston in the Northern Cape, sold for R1 600 per kilogram, R500 more than the top price achieved last year and far beyond the current market rate of R57.50 per kilogram.

Speaking after the event, at the Sheep and Wool Expo at the Royal Showgrounds, the chef said: “I got what I came for. I’m very happy.”

It wasn’t Joseph’s only purchase of the night, he also bought the champion lamb group of white dorpers bred by Gideon Hoon, from Jacoblinks farm in Williston, for R150 per kilogram.

And Oyster Box clients will be enjoying a range of tasty beef dishes after the chef held off several other bidders to buy the champion beef carcass on show, a Bonsmara bred by first-time exhibitor, Nelius Ferreira, of Ferrero Bonsmaras, based in Harrismith in the Free State.

The carcass was sold at auction for R95 per kilogram, well above the market rate of R37.50 per kilogram.

The first reserve champion carcass, a Bonsmara cross, bred by the Vryheid Landbouskool, and the second­ reserve champion, another Bonsmara, bred Andrea Hesom, of Dundee, and shown by Owen Sithole College of Agriculture in Empangeni, will also be heading to the hotel after they were bought for R55 and R50 per kilogram respectively.

Joseph’s final purchases of the night were the champion pork carcass, bred by Craig McCord of Glenelly Farm in Ashburton, which went for a new South African record price of R95 per kilogram, the current market rate is R23.80 per kilogram, and the second reserve champion carcass, bred by the NHELC Farm, near New Hanover.

Kennedy Meat Market in Durban bought a number of lots including, the first reserve champion lamb carcass, a White Dorper, bred by Reitz, for R300 per kilogram, the second reserve champion carcass, a White Dorper, bred by Gert Lötter, from Hofmeyr in the Eastern Cape and the first reserve champion carcass European genetics, a Suffolk, bred by Tjaart Steenekamp, from Twee Seuns Suffolk in Barkly East in the Eastern Cape for R210 per kilogram.

Willowton Meats in Pietermaritzburg bought the champion European genetics lamb carcass, an Ile de France, bred by Johan Roarty, from Kinross in Mpumalanga, for R400 per kilogram and the second reserve champion group of white dorpers, bred by Reitz, for R110 per kilogram.

Shaam’s Butchery in Durban bought the first reserve champion group of lamb, white dorpers bred by Lötter, for R200 per kilogram.

Smia Livestock, in Newcastle, purchased the champion group of beef carcasses, a Bonsmara bred by Ferreira for R45 per kilogram and the reserve­ champion group of beef carcasses­, a Bonsmara cross, bred by Vryheid Landbouskool for R40 per kilogram.

The auction, which is backed by the Red Meat Producers Organisation (RPO) and the South African Meat Industry Company (SAMIC), is considered the premier red meat competition on the African continent.

“We have some of the world’s premier meat on display here tonight, so I would like to take this opportunity to urge consumers to buy local and to help the red meat producers of South Africa to go forward,” said Angus Williamson­, spokesman for the RPO.

Terry Strachan, chief executive officer of the Royal Agricultural Society, said he was very happy with the prices achieved at the auction, in particular that of lamb, and was pleased to see those from the hotel industry joining the ranks of buyers in line with similar shows in Australia and New Zealand.

“For many years chefs have been buying meat from those Royal Shows for their establishments because it is the best meat on show at that time,” he added.

- Supplied.

Oyster Box head chef walked away with champion lamb at prestigious carcass auction

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