07 April 1999
Softly-softly approach urged for lamb

THE Scotch Quality Beef & Lamb Association (SQBLA) has called for early talks with lamb exporters in a bid to tackle a “very fragile” market.

John Ross, chairman of the SQBLA, said he was deeply concerned about prospects for lamb this year.

He said it was vital to talk with exporters about finding a market for light lambs.

Mr Ross said that removing light lambs in August and September would give his members a better chance with the Specially Selected Scotch Lamb scheme.

Ross stressed the importance of producers aligning their products with quality assurance in both the lamb and beef sectors.

He anticipated sellers facing problems without some form of assurance.