Slaughterman who can cut it with best of the country's retail butchers.
AN abattoir worker from Powys upset the form book when he was named Welsh Butcher of the Year at this week's Royal Welsh Winter Fair.
Daniel Raftery, a grade A slaughterman at Randall Parker Foods, Dolwen, Llanidloes, held off the challenge from retail butchers Craig Holly, Abergavenny, and Dewi Davies, Narberth.
He collected a cheque for PS130 after displaying his butchery skills over three tasks.
Daniel, 34, of Abermule, near Newtown, was competing only for the second time.
"Everything went pretty smoothly, but the time went very fast," he said.
retail butcher a decade ago but he hopes to open his own butcher's shop in the future.
Judges were Chris Jones, of Cambrian Training Company, and Steve Vaughan, from Vaughan's Family Butchers, Penyffordd.
Chris said: "What is so impressive is that Daniel has retained his retail butchery skills despite being out of that environment for 10 years.
"Being a grade A slaughterman is a very skilled job which requires accuracy, cleanliness and speed, while retail butchery requires more finesse and a knowledge of how to display meat."
| Daniel Raftery