Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc were made aware of this issue by testing facility late on Friday, March 27. Last week, they found out the full extent of the mistake that impacted the selection of the top twenty finalists.
An error was made with the final spreadsheet when the testing facility calculated the final score and applied the ranking. In error, their IT person used the formula for shear force – where low is good, high is bad – and applied it to yield.
Rod Slater, Chief Executive Officer of Beef + Lamb New Zealand said “we feel a ‘No-Contest’ decision is the best and most fair outcome for all involved. The actual scientific analysis of the meat quality for all entrants’ individual results was correct. However, it was the calculation for the final scoring to ascertain the twenty finalists, as above, where the error was made.”
The competition has grown immensely over the last nine years and is held in high prestige by all involved. “It is important to acknowledge the time and effort put in by farmers and retailers who entered the competition,” added Slater, “and on behalf of Beef + Lamb New Zealand, I extend our sincere apologies to all those involved in the competition and welcome anyone to get in touch to discuss further. If you wish to do so, please feel free to give me a call at anytime.”