Local farmers spread the love for lamb

UFU beef and lamb chairman Crosby Cleland, food demonstrator Helen Bell and UFU hill farming chairman Ian Buchanan are encouraging consumers back local farmers and try lamb as part of #LoveLambWeek

UFU beef and lamb chairman Crosby Cleland, food demonstrator Helen Bell and UFU hill farming chairman Ian Buchanan are encouraging consumers back local farmers and try lamb as part of #LoveLambWeek

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Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy lamb, with locally produced meat available after a summer grazing fields across Northern Ireland.

The Ulster Farmers’ Union, as part of a UK-wide campaign, is encouraging consumers to celebrate everything that is good about this tasty meat as part of #LoveLambWeek, from 1 to 7 September.

“Northern Ireland produces some of the best quality lamb and it is recognised as such, particularly in export markets. However, here at home lamb is often overlooked for other types of meat. We want to see that change.”

Ian Buchanan, UFU hill farming chairman

Lamb is versatile, delicious and easy to cook says UFU hill farming chairman Ian Buchanan who produces lamb near Dungiven.

UFU hill farming chairman Ian Buchanan who produces lamb near Dungiven.

“Northern Ireland produces some of the best quality lamb and it is recognised as such, particularly in export markets. However, here at home lamb is often overlooked for other types of meat. We want to see that change,” he said.

UFU beef and lamb chairman Crosby Cleland, who farms in Co Down, backs that view.

“Consumers are increasingly interested in provenance and buying local. Since sheep are a fundamental part of Northern Ireland’s agri-food industry, eating lamb is an excellent and tasty way to support local farmers,” he said.

To tempt the appetites of local consumers, the UFU will be at Belfast City Hall on Tuesday, 6th September, handing out tasty, freshly made, free samples of lamb dishes, including a not to be missed lamb curry and easy lamb pita pockets.