Retailers must rally round with the rest of the industry to support British lamb

4th August 2015

Press Release

The Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) has commented on the lamb price crisis.

Chris Dodds, Executive Secretary of the LAA, said: “British lamb is available all year round through the auction marts and we are at the time of the season when many would say British lamb is at its best. The only understandable excuse for the supermarkets stocking New Zealand lamb, over home grown, could be price.

“Given the price of British lamb has dropped nearly 30% on the same period last year, I would expect to see a competitive retail price that reflects this and helps shoppers choose home grown products over imports.

“The supermarkets should be rallying round at a time like this to support our local producers instead of supporting lamb production thousands of miles away. The whole industry, including the retailers, should be working together in a coordinated drive to sell British, before any foreign product is considered.

“From the farmer’s point of view, the best way to receive as fair a price as possible for your lamb is by selling through your local auction mart.”

Some facts about auction marts and British lamb:

  • Two-thirds of lambs that go to slaughter are sold through auction marts – the highest proportion in 20 years
  • 7,287,000 prime slaughter sheep were sold through marts in 2014, up from 7,244,000 in 2013