Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the US market will open to UK lamb products for “the first time in decades.”
According to the latest data from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), UK sheep meat production once again declined sharply on the year.
Now in its seventh year, the initiative has been backed by industry members such as Quality Meat Scotland and the National Farmers’ Union.
The Sustainable Food Trust is among those welcoming new animal welfare measures announced by the UK government, but also calls for more ‘local’ abattoirs.
According to the latest figures by Defra, the UK lamb kill in July 2021 totalled 1,084,000 head, in line with typical levels recorded in other recent years.
The lamb product has become the first new food to receive the UK GI status after the end of the transition period with the EU.