The Royal Smithfield awards its Bicentenary Trophy to publicly recognise an individual’s significant contribution to the overall benefit of the British meat and livestock industry. Yesterday at a special event held at the Moredun Foundation to celebrate Creative Design to benefit the livestock industry, Andrew Gilmour, immediate Past President of the Royal Smithfield Club gave a speech to introduce the award which was presented to Professor Julie Fitzpatrick by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal. The award had been kept secret from Professor Fitzpatrick and it was a genuine surprise on the day and greatly enjoyed by all the guests at the event.
Andrew Gilmour, immediate Past President of the Royal Smithfield Club said,
“The Royal Smithfield Club was formed in 1798 and the objectives of the club are research into and promotion of best practice in the production of quality primestock. It is fitting that a trophy in memory of the founding of these objectives should, over 200 years later, be awarded to those who stand by the same convictions and our judging panel of previous winners and Club officials took little time to recommend a most eminent recipient, Professor Julie Fitzpatrick OBE, who has made an outstanding contribution through her work to help promote the highest standards of livestock health and welfare both in the UK and worldwide.”
The Royal Smithfield Club is renowned worldwide for its primestock shows and its work on breeding, husbandry and livestock nutrition. The Club’s first show was staged in December 1799 at Smithfield and then it moved to Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre in London. The historic trophy is a beautiful silver Armada Dish, around the rim of which are 25 golden guineas, all dating from the late 1700’s, which represent the loan of 25 guineas made by the House of Lords Farmers Club to help the foundation of The Smithfield Club. Each of the guineas was given by a person, or company, with long association with the Club, the best known being The Late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, who was President of The Royal Smithfield Show in 1983 and from 1987 to 2001.
Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive of the Moredun Group and Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute said,
“I am greatly honoured to receive this historic and prestigious award from the Royal Smithfield Club and it was such an unexpected and lovely surprise at our event yesterday. I would like to thank all my colleagues at Moredun, the staff, our board members and our foundation members for their significant contributions to promote the health and welfare of livestock. My sincere thanks go to the Royal Smithfield Club and to the livestock industry which I am very proud to be part of through my role at Moredun.”