Month: January 2017

Kids Country Breakfast Week is in Full Swing!

Kids Country Breakfast Week is in Full Swing!


Kids Country are once again celebrating Breakfast Week by going into schools and teaching students the origins of their Breakfast, following the journey from farm to fork. Children at Bytham Primary School and Alconbury Primary School have both had visits from the Kids Country Team already this week and Newark Hill Primary will be visited on Friday.

Below are a selection of images from this week.

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The success of Kids Country lies in the hands of the volunteers who give up there time to come and help support events like Breakfast Week and Food and Farming day. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Sandra at or on 01733 234451

EoE Smithfield Champion, What happens next?

EoE Smithfield Champion, What happens next?

Kitson & Sons Butchers poised to beef up Valentine’s Day

Kitson & Sons Butchers is set to beef up this year’s Valentine’s celebrations by serving up meat from some of the best prime cattle in the country at its three shops in North Yorkshire and Cleveland.

Owner Anthony Kitson created history late last year when buying the overall supreme champion beef cattle at all three of the country’s principal Christmas primestock shows – the English Winter Fair, the Royal Welsh Winter Fair and LiveScot.

For good measure, he had earlier also secured the champion bullock from the high profile 2016 East of England Smithfield Festival in Peterborough. It is believed to be the first time that an independent family-run retail butchers has achieved this unique four-timer.

Mr Kitson explained: “Having bought a total of 116 prime cattle from across the country for our customers’ 2016 Christmas tables, we decided to retain the four principals until the New Year for our Valentine’s trade.”

They have been further improved by regular customers, the Atkinson family, from Beck Hill Farm, Scorton, who look after cattle for Kitsons and from whom the business also sources prime lambs on a weekly basis.

When viewed together on the hoof, Mr Kitson said he favoured the Welsh champion, but that all changed when it came to the cutting edge of the ground-breaking initiative.

Mr Kitson hosted a visit from LiveScot champion Wilson Peters, from Cuilt in Perthshire, and English Winter Fair champion James May, of Bromsgrove, joined by officials from both organisations. (Thursday, Jan 12)

Following a tour of Kitson & Sons Butchers’ Northallerton shop, the party enjoyed lunch at Thirsk Auction Mart, before journeying to JA Jewitt Meats’ abattoir at Middlestone Moor, Spenymoor, where the four carcases were hanging for inspection.

Armed with butcher’s knife, Mr Kitson then cut into all the carcases and everyone present agreed that they were first-rate. The group, joined by Jewitt’s Michael Jewitt, then compared notes to choose their own personal overall “Great British Beef” champion, awarding the crown to the LiveScot victor, closely followed by the Smithfield, English and Welsh champions.

“To be fair, there wasn’t a lot in it, but when I put the knife through them we all concurred that the Scottish title winner just got the nod because of the colour, lushness and richness of the flesh, coupled with the flecking of the fat, and desirability and saleability of the meat, which is the single most important factor as far as we are concerned.. It just makes you want to eat it,” explained Mr Kitson.

All four champions are now being fully matured to ensure the meat – roasts, steaks and all the other popular cuts – is in perfect eating condition, ahead of going on sale for the Valentine’s trade at Kitson & Sons Butchers’ shops in High Street, Northallerton, Stephenson Way, Stockton-on-Tees, and North End, Hutton Rudby.

Mr Kitson added: “It has been a memorable journey and one thing’s for sure. Our customers can now look forward to savouring  some of the best meat that money can buy – and at our normal prices. Let’s call it our Valentine’s treat to lovers – young and not so young – out there!”


Picture by George Bosnyak Photography, Morpeth.


Further information on title-winning cattle bought by Kitsons:

English Winter Fair in Staffordshire – supreme champion Limousin-sired heifer from Worcestershire breeder James May, of Bromsgrove. Liveweight 670kg, carcase 465kg, KO% 69.5%, grade E2

Scottish Winter Fair at LiveScot in Lanark – supreme champion Charolais-cross heifer from Perthshire’s Wilson Peters, of Cuilt, near Crieff. Live 620kg, carcase 435kg, KO% 70, grade E4L.

Royal Welsh Fair in Builth Wells – supreme champion Limousin-sired steer from Scottish breeders Blair Duffton and Rebecca Stewart, from Huntly in Aberdeenshire. Live 640kg, carcase 439kg, KO% 68.6%, grade E3.

East of England Smithfield Festival – champion Limousin-sired steer from Dickie Wright, of Bowers Hill, Somerset. Live 588kg, carcase 391kg, KO% 66.5%, grade E3.


Further info on Kitsons: Kitson & Sons Butchers is one of the north’s longest established butchers, with roots stretching as far back as 1693 to Batley in West Yorkshire and across many generations. Relocating to the north-east, the family first took over a butcher’s shop in Stockton-on-Tees in 1903, with Hutton Rudby following some years later. The Northallerton shop is a more recent addition to the Kitsons’ fold, opening five years ago a stone’s throw from the town’s auction mart.

Kitsons Butchers remains a family-run business, with Anthony Kitson at the helm, supported by his two sons, Henry, aged 25, and 24-year-old Oliver, both university graduates, who are now taking a more hands-on involvement in the day-to-day running of the expanding operation.

Mr Kitson’s sister Beverley is pie-maker in chief, while their mother, Thelma, still runs the books aged 71. Even Mr Kitson’s six-year daughter Ruby gets involved. “She’s our chief taster in charge of quality control!” said Mr Kitson.

For further info, contact Robin Moule, Moule Media, on 01756 794027, mobile 07976 559961.

Anthony Kitson is on 07778 596590 or call the Northallerton shop on 01609 776588.

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all-day Bedfordshire Young Farmers Rally @ Scald End Farm
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