It all started in 2011 …
A Trans-Tasman Butchers' Challenge was established between New Zealand and Australia. In 2013, the competition transformed into the Tri-Nation's Butchers' Challenge as Britain joined the competition. In 2016 the challenge added another knife to it's belt as it became the World Butchers' Challenge as France attended the challenge for the first time on the Gold Coast, Australia and took out the winning title.
In 2018 the competition stepped up a level with teams from Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, South African and America joining existing teams. The twelve teams battled it out in what was the biggest butchery competition ever in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
On their home soil, Team Ireland took out the first spot, with the Sharp Blacks in second and the Aussie Steelers in third.
The teams of six each had three hours, 15 minutes to turn a side of beef, pork, a whole lamb and five chickens into a first class butchery display. Each team was judged by a panel of expert industry judges on their preparation, presentation, finishing and display.