UK lamb and mutton sector on the rise

Figures from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board suggest that production of British lamb and mutton this year is expected to rise by 7% from 2014 levels. A large carry-over from last year's crop led to increased slaughtering in the first half of this year, and, with another strong lamb crop, production is expected to be at its highest level for seven years. With supply up, the industry is hoping for favourable changes in retail sourcing and pricing, along with continued strategic promotional campaigns linked to product development to draw consumers to lamb over the months ahead. If demand isn't realised, prices may continue to be under pressure. Mark Kozlowski, AHDB MI market analyst, said the UK breeding flock now stands at 14.8 million head, with year-on-year increases in all regions.


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