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Antrim beef farmer Wilson 'humbled' as he wins new top accolade

By Eamon Sweeney

A Co Antrim farm manager whose beef is aged in a Himalayan salt chamber and ends up in the only burgers sold by upmarket London retailer Fortnum & Mason has won another prestigious award.

Glenarm Castle's Bryan Wilson was named Beef Innovator of the Year at the British Farming Awards in Birmingham.

The award follows hot on the heels of being named as Beef Farmer of the Year at the Farming Life and Danske Bank Awards in Belfast.

The shorthorn beef produced at Glenarm has been highly praised by food critics and restaurateurs.

Mr Wilson said: "I'm honoured and humbled to have received both awards and although we know we have a fantastic product, we never imagined we would be so successful."

The beef's flavour is attributed to the research carried out by Bryan and the production methods used by Glenarm Estate's processing partner.

"I'd like to thank our partner Hannon Meats who have introduced a highly innovative process for ageing the beef, giving it a rare purity of flavour," he said.

This is achieved by the meat being aged for a month in a Himalayan salt chamber before being dispatched to some of the finest restaurants on the Continent.

The beef has also been added to celebrity chef Mark Hix's menu in his London restaurants.

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