Light lamb scheme moves closer to lift-off
The viability of developing a market for light lamb off the hills in the west of Ireland is being explored by the INHFA and Kepak.
The INHFA has confirmed that trials have already taken place this summer to finish lambs within a specified weight range and at a given fat cover.
"The INHFA along with Kepak and Bord Bia began trials towards the end of July where light lambs between 9kg and 15kg would be supplied to Kepak Athleague with a guaranteed fat score of two or better," explained Brendan Joyce of the INHFA.
"We brought a number of farmers to Kepak's factory in Athleague where those lamb1s were assessed before and after slaughter in an education process so as to ensure that any issue around the quality could be addressed."
"Since then between 50 and 100 lambs per week were supplied to the standard set down.
"Those lambs have been offered to various markets where feedback is collated.
"That information is now informing the focus and direction of the continuing trial in order to develop a sustainable market into the future."