Eblex anticipates good lamb season

Eblex has reported that improved weather conditions and the spring lambing season should result in a good season for English lamb.

Last year’s lambing season suffered terrible losses due to unfavourable weather, but improved conditions should mean higher-quality lambs will come forward. Kantar Worldpanel also revealed that lamb sales are up 9% for the 52 weeks to May, compared with 2012 – something Eblex hopes will continue with a better-quality lamb.

Eblex sector director Nick Allen said: “All the indications are that this has been a good lambing season for sheep farmers in terms of healthy lambs born.

“The weather has been excellent for grass growth, so we can expect there will soon be available some of the best-quality home-produced lamb seen on the shelves for a number of years,” he continued. “Consumers should take the opportunity to buy a quality product and get exceptional value for money.

“We are a major player in the international trade of sheep meat and there remains strong demand for our product at a time when other sheep meat exporters are not at the peak of their production. This gives us plenty of opportunities to sell our sheep meat,” added Allen.

Quality Meat Scotland also reported a good season for Scottish lamb with analysis that revealed the number of lambs reaching Scottish auctions was around 15% higher than last year.

Allen added that current difficulties being experienced in the beef market were unlikely to be translated into the sheep trade because of different market dynamics.

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