The Ulster Farmers’ Union has met with ASDA to discuss the upcoming lamb season for Northern Ireland and once again encouraged ASDA to continue their support for local producers.
In August last year the UFU met with ASDA to highlight concerns about the considerable quantities of New Zealand and Australian lamb they had on sale during the UK season.
Following lobbying by all UK Unions, ASDA improved their ratio of local Farm Quality Assured lamb to non-EU lamb considerably and this has remained the case right through to spring this year.
With global lamb supplies tightening, it is important that ASDA continue to support local lamb to help sustain the NI sheep sector.
ASDA also provided an overview of the new range of lamb products and packaging they intend to introduce in April with the intention of trying to drive more demand for local lamb.
The UFU Hill Farming and Beef & Lamb Committees will be discussing this further at their next meeting.