Tesco invites British lamb farmers to take part in ‘cost of production model for lamb’ trial
Tesco is inviting 100 British sheep farmers from across its supply base to take part in a trial of an industry first, cost of production model for lamb.
If successful, Tesco would become the first major UK supermarket to implement such a model, and help address some of the volatility in the UK lamb market.
Data will be collected over a 12 month period to help the retailer assess the cost of production across a variety of production systems.
Independent sheep consultants will select farmers who will form the core trial group and will also collate and evaluate the data. Successful applicants will be chosen based on seasonality, production type, geographic location, and farm size.
During the course of the 12 month trial, farmers will be paid a price based on historic industry cost of production data.
Tesco will also look to help foster and mentor fresh farming talent, with provision being made to ensure that at least 25% of the group will represent young farmers who are under the age of 35.
“Tesco has a long history of supporting UK agriculture and we recognise the quality, expertise and commitment of British lamb farmers to provide the best possible produce for customers,” Matt Simister, commercial director for fresh food at the multiple retailer, said. “We work hard to have an open and transparent dialogue with all of our farmers and producers of British lamb, as well as the wider farming community, so that together we can deliver a truly sustainable farming industry.”
In order to be considered for the trial, Tesco lamb farmers must meet the following criteria:
- Farm Assured
- 100% of finished lambs currently sold through processor/market for duration of trial
- Monthly predicted volume must be supplied (+/- 20%)
- Open book system with independent consultants
- Minimum 100 lambs
- All lambs must be born, reared and finished on the farm of origin
Those interested in applying for the trial must submit applications by the end of Thursday 25th February.