Light lambs to stay in Asda?


14 August 2001



Light lambs to stay in Asda?

By FWi staff

SUPERMARKET chain Asda has announced that it may stock light lambs permanently after a sharp increase in sales of the meat.

Retailers including Asda, Sainsbury, Tesco and Safeway pledged to buy more British light lambs which could not be exported due to foot-and-mouth restrictions.

Light lambs, which weigh less than under 14kg, are popular in Italy and France, but not traditionally in Britain.

Farmers feared they faced ruin unless a market could be found for a glut of two million lambs following the collapse of overseas trade.

Some of the pressure has been removed by the government decision to extend its foot-and-mouth welfare disposal scheme to cover 1.3m unmarketable light lambs.

FREE NEWS UPDATE


CLICK HERE to receive FWis FREE new daily email newsletter to keep up-to-date with the latest news of foot-and-mouth and other farming-related stories

See more