NFU concerned over fall in lamb prices
With sheep farmers seeing a sudden drop in the price received for their prime lambs this week, the National Sheep Association (NSA) is reminding retailers and consumers that this is the best time of year to support and enjoy British lamb.
NFU Cymru Deputy President John Davies said, “NFU Cymru is extremely concerned by the fall in prices seen for ‘in season’ Welsh lamb in recent days. These falls, on the back of price falls in recent months for finished beef, are hitting our farmers hard. With ample supply available there can be no excuses for not ensuring that Welsh lamb is available and at the forefront of summer marketing campaigns. Despite there being a plentiful supply of Welsh lamb coming forward I am disappointed that some supermarkets are continuing to source and sell mature, end of season, New Zealand lamb.
“We will be monitoring the lamb products for sale on supermarket shelves in the coming weeks to ensure that Welsh lamb is readily available and that it is clearly labelled. Where we do not believe that we are receiving the support that our farmers expect then we will not shy away from highlighting our concerns.”
Lyndon Edwards, NFU Cymru Livestock Board Chairman said, “Welsh farmers want to see and do expect retailers to be marketing PGI Welsh Lamb to consumers right now and throughout the summer.
“We are entering peak season for our world class product delivered straight from the field and produced to the highest welfare standards. This is the ideal time for retailers to back Welsh farming by prominently displaying and promoting Welsh lamb on their shelves.”
Phil Stocker, NSA Chief Executive, says: “A lot of lamb producers will be hit hard by this drop and, while it is part of a natural, seasonal trend as a lot of spring-born lambs reach the market at a similar time, it is a shame the price has dropped so suddenly. It does lead to questions about the extent to which retailers are supporting the British product.
“We are expecting stocks of imported New Zealand lamb to diminish over the next couple of weeks and NSA would like to see retailers step up promotion of the UK product in light of that, especially given the exceptional quality of home-produced lamb through the summer months. Retailers should be doing all they can to stock their shelves with a UK offering and support their national supply base.”
No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment
Please enter your name
Please enter your comment
Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.
Some error on your process.Please try one more time.
The permanent eradication of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea [BVD] in Scottish cattl...
The abolition of milk quotas in Europe on 1st April has resulted in a numbe...
The top 14 milk producing countries in Europe will increase their productio...
Matt Ware is the NFU's head of government and parliamentary affairs, based ...
There is a 'desperate need' to improve farmgate returns given low incomes a...
Rapid stem extension, after a slow start to spring, is likely to create spl...
The time has come for landlords to expect to see reductions in farm rents, ...
Cogent’s reputation as a source of the highest calibre sires has been enhan...
The spread of exotic and aggressive strains of a plant fungus is presenting...