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‘Beef it up’ call to butchers from new Yorkshire president

The new president of the Confederation of Yorkshire Butchers Councils (CYBC) is calling on butchers across the county to “beef up” their support for its annual highlight - the Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition weekend.  Keighley butcher Roy Dykes has issued a clarion call to fellow White Rose meat men and women to rally round and support the 2014 contest later this year.

Mr Dykes said: “The Great Yorkshire is now into its 26th year and remains the biggest and most prestigious regional meat trades competition in the UK.  Last year’s landmark 25th contest attracted almost 300 individual product entries from over 30 different butchers across Yorkshire, among them nine first-time entrants.

“However, we are acutely aware that there are many others who have not yet taken part or have not entered for a number of years.  We are also keen to attract new blood and our standalone ‘New Kid on the Block’ competition class is purpose designed to equip first-time entrants with valuable experience in the meat trades competition arena.

“Yorkshire butchers produce some of the best pork pies, sausages, black puddings and burgers in the land.  We are challenging them all to stand up and be counted and put their products to the test in the Great Yorkshire. “We know they will learn a great deal from one of the stiffest product evaluation trials in the country.  What they might not know is that the victors - the main title winners in particular - can expect a major boost to trade.”

He said he was also on a mission to increase the number of people attending the president’s annual dinner dance on the eve of the competition.  “It’s a great night for all ages, represents greats value for money and makes for a great weekend,” said Mr Dykes.

The 2014 Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition, which is supported by a trade fair, will again be staged at Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford, on the weekend of 15/16 November.

The competition features three pork pie classes for traditional, stand and speciality cold eating pies, and three sausage classes - thin, thick and speciality.  Supreme champions and reserve supreme champions will again emerge in both flagship classes.

There are also standalone black pudding and beef burger competition classes, along with the 'New Kid on the Block' category for the best newcomer to the competition.  All championship, 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed class winners will receive individual trophies and Yorkshire Rose Award diplomas, with diplomas also presented to each finalist.

The CYBC is part of the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders and both members and non-members are eligible to enter the Great Yorkshire.  For further information, please email

Keighley butcher Roy Dykes, new CYBC president
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