A SCOTTISH butcher has launched an unusual competition where you can name one of their pigs and then scoop a selection of cuts from your winning named pig.
Macbeth’s butcher based in Forres, Moray, is asking people to name six of its ten new piglets which are being reared at the shop’s sister farm Edinvale, and the winners will take home their own tasty cuts of pork.
It’s the first time Jock Gibson has raised his own pigs in the farm’s 30-year history and he wanted to mark the occasion with the contest.
Jock, who runs the farm with his wife Fiona, said: “It is slightly unusual, but this is a first for us. We have a puggle of ten Gloucester Old Spot cross Saddleback pigs.
“Our daughters, Aila and Tilly, have named two of them – they have taken to doing this around the farm and I thought it would be good to get our customers involved too.
“We want people to be inventive with their names and, ultimately, there will be six winners.”
He added: “We thought long and hard about whether this would be controversial or offensive, but the fact is I am a farmer and a butcher.
“We are in the privileged position that we can make sure that the animals are well looked-after, treated with respect and are slaughtered in the most humane way possible. It is also extremely important to ensure the best possible eating quality.
“Our daughters who are four and nearly two are growing up on the farm. Although they have named a number of our animals, they are aware – particularly Aila, our eldest – that ultimately the animals end up in the shop being sold as various cuts of meat. It’s part of the cycle.”
Edinvale farm is 30 years-old and until recently has specialised in pedigree Highland Cattle, beef shorthorns and the world-renowned Aberdeen Angus.
Now, though, Jock and Fiona are branching out and have introduced sheep, the pigs and also a large flock of chickens whose eggs are sold through the butcher shop.
“Fiona grew up on a sheep farm on the west coast,” explained Jock, “and so has brought expertise in rearing sheep to the farm.
“Ultimately, we are wanting to produce more of what we use in Macbeth’s to ensure that we have the highest-quality products possible.”
The competition can be entered via the Macbeth’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/macbeths.butchers/?fref=ts
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