Farm Stock (Scotland) Ltd is actively seeking to source thousands of additional prime lambs between now and June, thanks to the commitment of Marks & Spencer to supply 100 per cent Scotch lamb throughout the year.
The demand has created a new market outlet for 10-12,000 prime animals, to be sourced exclusively from M&S Select Farms in Scotland.
Steve McLean, Head of Agriculture at M&S, who announced the move to 100 per cent Scotch lamb in their Scottish stores at the Farm Stock (Scotland) Ltd supply chain conference back in October 2016, commented:
"We know that our customers really like to buy regionally-sourced meat, so we have been working hard with our suppliers to find a way to bring them a year-round supply of delicious fresh lamb from Scottish farms.
"In 2016 we sourced UK lamb for 42 weeks of the year. For 2017, we have not made the switch to New Zealand lamb in our Scottish stores, and instead will supply 100 per cent Scotch lamb throughout the entire year.”
Ian Watson, Chairman of Farm Stock (Scotland) Ltd, stated:
“We are delighted to be part of this exciting new supply opportunity for Scotch lamb.
“This new market is great news for our farmers, and I am sure that they are up to the challenge of delivering stock to meet this fantastic opportunity. M&S is to be applauded for making this commitment to our industry, it is now our turn to ensure that we meet its expectations.”
““Our field staff are now actively working to procure an additional 5-6,000 lambs over and above what we would normally require in the next few months.”
Farm Stock (Scotland) Ltd has steadily expanded its team of procurement professionals to meet demand. Peter Campbell (pictured) has recently joined the Farmstock team to work with farmers across West Lothian, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire. Peter brings the total number of Farmstock field-staff up to 10.
Lambs for M&S must come from M&S Select Farms, have full Scottish provenance, and be killed at Scotbeef, Bridge of Allan. Scotbeef fieldstaff are also sourcing animals for M&S.