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Marks & Spencer is one of Britain's leading retailers with more than
21 million customers every week.
The company employs more than 78,000 people in Britain and abroad,
and has over 700 British stores, plus an expanding international
business operating in 43 different territories around the world.
Marks & Spencer uses two British-based meat processors, Dawn
Meats Ltd and Scotbeef Ltd, to cut and retail pack its New Zealand
chilled lamb in the marketplace. Both of these companies are already
well known to Alliance Group, with personnel from each processor
having visited Alliance on a number of occasions in recent years.
Southern lamb will soon be
making its way to iconic British
retailer Marks & Spencer.
The Alliance Group has secured
an exclusive deal to supply chilled
New Zealand lamb to Marks &
Spencer from Christmas 2012.
It will source lambs from M&S-
approved farms across the South
Island for processing at the
company's Lorneville, Pukeuri
and Smithfield plants -- from
Invercargill to Timaru.
Alliance Group general manager
marketing Murray Brown said
this supply arrangement was the
first time Marks & Spencer has
agreed to an exclusive deal for
chilled lamb from a single New
The exclusive contract marks a
major milestone in Alliance
Group's 20 year relationship with
the iconic retailer, he said.
''We're very excited about the
growth opportunities it offers for
everyone involved. This deal is
good news for our farmer
Marks & Spencer supplies a wide
range of lamb products to its
British customers, with its fresh
lamb cabinet featuring a full
selection of bone-in and boneless
cuts, and its added-value lamb
lines including ''ready to roast''
leg joints as well as other ''oven-
ready'' cuts sold under its
premium in-house Cook! label.
Mr Brown said the Alliance
Group was also now actively
exploring a number of other
initiatives in its agricultural,
technical and commercial divi-
sions with Marks & Spencer.
All Alliance Group products
supplied to Marks & Spencer will
be sourced from registered M&S
Select farms so that the co-
operative can trace lambs back to
their farm of origin.
The M&S Select Farm scheme
sees supplying farmers registered
on M&S TRAK, a traceability
management system launched by
Marks & Spencer in 2009.
The programme, which includes
lamb suppliers from both NZ and
Britain, features a database that
monitors farm management.
It also monitors animal origin,
and livestock records.
Right royal show
role for teenager
Robert wins junior sheep judging contest
By DIANE BISHOP
Top judge: Gore teenager Robert
Gregory won the junior sheep
judging competition at the Royal
Waikato A & P Show in Hamilton
You had to tell the judges
why you placed them where you
did and then back up why.
Every young farmer knows their
coopworths from their perend-
ales and their southdowns from
their south suffolks.
But Gore teenager Robert Greg-
ory went one step further when
he won the recent junior sheep
judging competition, which
involved ranking the sheep and
selling their traits to a judging
panel at the Royal Waikato A & P
Show in Hamilton.
But perhaps it was no surprise
because Robert, 18, comes from
good breeding stock.
He picked up his sheep handling
skills from his mother Janet,
who runs a border leicester stud
on their small farm at Otama, in
Eastern Southland, and received
some handy stock judging tips
and structural advice from
Waikoikoi farmer Blair Robert-
''I was pretty happy to get that
help from him,'' Robert said.
Robert, 18, qualified to enter both
the sheep and beef judging
competitions at the Waikato
Show after performing well at a
stock judging day in Gore earlier
The sheep judging competition at
the Waikato Show involved
ranking four wool breeds and
four meat breeds and then
explaining why he placed them
from fourth to first.
''You had to tell the judges why
you placed them where you did
and then back up why.
''You were also judged on your
speaking ability and presen-
tation,'' Robert said.
Robert also came second in the
junior beef judging competition.
Robert's win means he will now
compete against seven other
Australian stock judges in a
trans-Tasman competition in
Feilding in December 2013.
Every seven years out of eight
years the competition is held in
Australia, Robert said.
''I'm a bit gutted I'm missing out
on a free trip to Australia.
''I will have to win the beef
section next year,'' he laughed.
Robert is off to Lincoln Univer-
sity next year to study for a
bachelor of commerce in agricul-
ture with the aim of working in
''There's plenty of paths you can
take in farming.''
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