NEWS Call for organic producers to meet increasing demand for organic beef and lamb


Debs Roberts, SOPA Development Manager, says “Recent reports from the processing and retail sector for organic beef and lamb show a stable and consistent demand. 

Contrary to some perceptions, the current market signals are clear that there is a continuing market for organic beef and lamb, and that market is prepared to pay a price premium too.” 

 SOPA’s analysis of on-farm beef and lamb numbers show a tightening of supply in the lead up to the spring months.  Ms Roberts said “We’ve seen a consistent demand for cattle numbers that has not changed in the past year.  The market signals are clear and retailers still require organic beef and indeed lamb every week.  While the organic premium is strong organic livestock producers should take advantage of this strong market before supply dries up and retailers seek seasonal alternatives.”

 McIntosh Donald is Scotland’s largest organic red meat processor and Organic Procurement Manager Murray Gibb says that the organic demand is encouraging.  “I am advising organic producers to take advantage of the organic premium and book stock in as soon as they are ready to ensure the quality is right and carcasses hit market spec.”

 The message for Scottish organic producers is to get condition on fattening stock and work closely with organic processors to ensure the best price is sought in the coming months.  

Published date: 13 Mar 2012