Young women are being urged to consider a career in butchery as part of this year’s National Butchers’ Week.

The week – which runs between 4 and 10 March this year – is organised by The Grocer’s sister title, Meat Trades Journal.

The butchery trade had traditionally been dominated by men and it was now seeing a small but growing number of women coming into the industry to train as butchers, said Meat Trades Journal editor Ed Bedington. “This year’s National Butchers’ Week will throw a spotlight on that trend, as well as highlighting the vital importance of the high street butcher within the community.”

The industry was seeing more women becoming interested in butchery techniques, given the increasing consumer focus on food and provenance, added Bedington. “Not only does it open up a wider pool for butchers to recruit from, but it can potentially bring new perspectives to butchers’ businesses throughout the UK.”

Shoppers can find their nearest butcher by typing their postcode into the website. Special National Butchers Week recipes are also available on the site.