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Watch: price of Scottish lamb at seven-year low

Farmers in the south of Scotland are struggling, because the price of lamb has dropped to a seven-year low.

Katie Hunter went to Newtown St Boswells to find out more:


Price of Scottish lamb 'at seven-year low'

The price of Scottish lamb has dropped. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive/PA Images

The National Farmers Union in Scotland says the price of lamb is at a seven-year low.

It's calling for supermarkets to stock more British lamb as well as cheaper imports from New Zealand.

Farmers say they're getting 20 per cent less compared to 12 months ago:

It's been quite tough because we were getting reasonable prices this time last year and you're putting a lot of work in to producing the lambs, so to be sending them off and getting lower prices is a wee bit demoralising."

– Charlotte Hendry, farmer

Farmers encourage shoppers to "Love Scotch Lamb"

Farmers from the South of Scotland are encouraging shoppers to buy Scotch Lamb this weekend.

Sheep Farmers are heading to supermarkets and town centres across Scotland to encourage the public to sample top quality lamb.

On Saturday, farmers were outside stores in Dumfries, and today (Sunday) Farmers will target shoppers in Galashiels.

Border restaurants The Caddy Mann, Burts Townhouse and the Auld Cross Keys are taking part in the campaign by including lamb dishes on the menu.


ASDA responds to NFU lamb survey

The supermarket ASDA has responded to the NFU Scotland claim that the levels of British lamb in some Scottish supermarkets is lower than that of imported lamb.

In a statement they say:

"Clearly someone's numbers don't add up here. As it stands more than 80 per cent of our fresh lamb range is sourced from British farmers and we will sell 10% more British sourced lamb this year than in 2011.

"As we move further into the British lamb season that figure will only increase. "Our support of the lamb industry in this country is beyond doubt.”


Farmer disappointed by supermarkets

Rob Livesey, livestock farmer Credit: ITV Border

Rob Livesey is a livestock farmer near Lilliesleaf in the Scottish Borders, he told ITV Border:

"We are extremely disappointed that not all British supermarkets are supporting British products, especially at this time of year when lamb is coming into season.

"Consumers always want to buy a British product if they can because they know it supports the British economy, so it is disappointing that supermarkets are looking after shareholders rather than customers and suppliers."

'Worryingly' high level of imported lamb

Some supermarkets do stock British lamb Credit: ITV Border

A study by NFU Scotland has found what they call 'worryingly and disappointing level of imported lamb' in Scottish supermarkets.

They say in some supermarkets there is more imported lamb on the shelves than lamb from the UK, despite the lamb season throughout the UK being well underway.

In the report NFU Scotland acknowledges that some supermarkets only stock British or Scottish or a good mixture of both.