Lamb curry consumption on the rise

Roast lamb consumption may be falling but farmers and processors can take heart from news that consumers are starting to spice it up instead.

The number of people eating lamb curry at home increased by nearly 22% in the 52 weeks to 1 March, according to Kantar Worldpanel/AHDB.

As the peak season for home-grown lamb approaches, there is ample supply of new season available, said NFU livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe, a sheep farmer from Leicestershire, who is urging home cooks to buy British.

Although UK lamb supplies are set to be particularly strong throughout 2015, the markets continue to be volatile, with new season lamb prices 60p/kg lower than the level seen in 2014.

Said Sercombe: This is why it is so important that the food manufacturing sector and the public continues to back British farming and ensure it is Red Tractor assured British lamb that goes into their ready meals and shopping baskets.

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