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.
- Government to slaughter 1.3m lambs, FWi, 02 August, 2001
- Welfare scheme payments slashed, FWi, 25 July, 2001
- Store looks to cut lamb glut, FWi, 16 July, 2001
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