Red Meat Awards 2013

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One of the events I got to attend while in Australia was the Red Meat Awards. I know it was about a month ago, but between traveling and school starting back up I haven’t had time to catch up on my posts. Sorry!

The Red Meat Awards are put on by AgForce and showcase the best of Queensland red meat. I was the official slide girl making sure the PowerPoint slides appeared at just the right time. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it! 😉

The food was yummy! They served both beef and lamb, and, of course, I had the lamb.

For dessert, we were served mini lemon tarts and chocolate raspberry mousse.

I ended up sitting at the table with the Red Meat Award Retailer of the Year – Clancyjames and the Queensland Country Life Red Meat Achiever – Dr. Arthur Rickards. I had the pleasure of getting to chat with both of them. I enjoyed hearing their stories of how they started out and where they are now. They are some wonderful, inspiring people.

I think the Red Meat Awards is an excellent way to showcase producers, retailers, and young innovators in the Queensland red meat industry. It was interesting to hear everyone’s story and how far they’ve come.

Here’s some pictures I took at the red meat awards with some people from AgForce.

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I had so much fun at the awards meeting and talking to people. Stacey made a video to show at the start of the night and I was in it talking about how barbecue is different in Australia. In America, a barbecue isn’t a barbecue unless you have barbecue sauce dripping down your face and hands, and that brisket is probably the most popular cut of beef to barbecue. Below is the video.

This was very interesting to many Australians because they don’t eat a lot of brisket. In fact, when I was chatting with the owners of Clanceyjames they said in the past eight years they’ve been the owners, they’ve probably only sold 4 or 5 briskets. That blew my mind!

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About Chelsey Ahrens

I currently work for the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service in the Animal Science Department. I'm the Specialty Livestock/Youth Education Specialist. I have a Ph.D. in agricultural communications from Texas Tech, a master's in agricultural leadership from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor's in animals science from the University of Arkansas. I love all things agriculture, particularly livestock. I also like to bake, cook, can, sew, and play with my dog child, Shooter.

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