Some of the Nations top butchers are set to battle it out in October when they go head to head in a new competition sponsored by Cutting Edge.

The first Four Nations Butchery Championship, run by Butchery Excellence International will take place at the Meat2Trade Exhibition at Eikon Exhibition Centre, Balmoral Park, Sprucefield Lisburn on 2nd and 3rd October and will see the entrants enter the competition in two categories – singles and pairs from Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland.

To create theatre, excitement and crowd participation, the butchers will enter the competition area through a tunnel to their choice of rousing music. The butchers will then have 45 minutes to break down a half saddle of Specially Selected Pork and half a Lamb and create a show-stopping display.

The pairs have 60 minutes to break down a half saddle of Specially Selected Pork and half a Lamb and a chuck of beef.

The competition, which aims to showcase the skills, talent and innovation of Scottish, Welsh, English and Irish Butchers, will be judged by four highly experienced expert butchers who will mark to a strict criteria including butcher appearance, final appearance of their display, creativity, technique speed (butchery skills), wastage and food safety and health and safety.  A Head Judge will oversee the Four Nations Judging Criteria.  The Head Judge is an International Independent Judge called Robert Retallick from Brisbane who has worked closely with Butchery Excellence through World Butchers Challenge.

The overall winner of the singles category will win £1000 and the overall winners of the pairs category will win £250 each.

Pamela Ballantine, Butchery Excellence Ambassador is under no doubt that there will be fierce competition between the butchers on 2nd and 3rd October 2019.

“The Four Nations Butchery Championship pitches some of Ireland’s best butchers against the best butchers from Scotland, England and Wales, testing their butchery skills and ability in a highly pressurised environment”

said Mrs Montgomery, organiser of Meat2Trade.

“Irish butchers are passionate about providing their customers with the best possible locally-sourced meat so it is very fitting that the butchers will be showcasing their talent by using Specially Selected Northern Irish Pork, Beef and  Lamb – brands which are underpinned by quality assurance and high welfare standards.

Good luck to all who are taking part”

Rhonda Montgomery, Chief Executive of Butchery Excellence International said

“The Four Nations Butchery Championship concept has really caught the imagination of the industry and we expect to attract a large audience after hosting World Butchers Challenge in Belfast last year.

The competition will highlight the special skills that create such a significant difference when customers shop at a butchers where they are guaranteed great customer service as well as second-to-none product knowledge.”


The Four Nations Butchery Championship takes place at the Meat2Trade Exhibtion at Eikon Exhibition Centre, Balmoral Park, Sprucefield, Lisburn on 2nd and 3rd October.

If you would like to enter this competition to represent your country, click here or on the graphic below. 

For those who wish to exhibit at the event,

contact Rhonda on 0044 (0)28 855 57700 / 0044 (0)7766395738

or email


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