Every time we begin to hear the sounds of Christmas closer and also rumors such as that a shortage of lamb meat is being detected in the market and that this situation is what has caused the price of this meat to increase or the price has been triggered by demand from Muslim countries. In this sense, the Interprofessional Organization of Sheep and Goats -INTEROVIC- has wanted to launch a message of reassurance to inform that the Spanish sheep and goat sector is prepared to supply enough suckling, lamb and goat meat to consumers this Christmas.
But what does concern the sector is the large amount of imported product that is entering our country, mainly from neighboring countries su“The sector is sufficiently prepared to supply suckling pig, lamb and goat meat during the holidays, only that it is at its own pace and this year what we have detected is that Christmas purchases are being advanced”, says Raúl Muñiz, president of INTEROVIC .ch as France, Italy or Greece. “It is essential to convey to consumers the importance of looking at the origin of suckling pig, lamb and kid meat at Christmas. It is true that imported meat is more affordable, but normally it is a less fresh product since until it reaches the point of sale in Spain it has been possible to spend 5 or 6 days from the slaughter of the animal. In addition, by consuming national lamb we are helping our producers, those who keep the rural environment alive ”.
The sector is sufficiently prepared to supply suckling pig, lamb and goat meat during the holidays, only that it is at its own pace and this year what we have detected is that Christmas purchases are being advanced”, says Raúl Muñiz, president of INTEROVIC.
However, we must not forget that the so-called conscious consumption is an unstoppable trend and we are increasingly faced with consumers who are more aware of an ethical and sustainable diet. In this sense, INTEROVIC recalls that lamb and goat meat have proven throughout history that consuming these products is healthy, tasty and, above all, sustainable.
“By consuming national lamb we are helping our producers, those who keep the rural environment alive”, Raúl Muñiz, president of Interovic.
A natural and sustainable production
Thanks to its natural production method, through grazing, we find a product that has multiple environmental, social and economic benefits and that we cannot forget that:
- We are possibly facing the livestock sector that best keeps the rural environment alive and active.
- A sector that helps promote biodiversity throughout the territory thanks to the rotation of livestock that spread seeds throughout the territory.
- Helps settle the population in rural areas. It currently employs more than one hundred and fifty thousand families.
- It helps to prevent fires thanks to the integration of herds in the most disadvantaged areas.
- The presence of herds is decisive for the conservation of habitats of natural interest.
- Grasses serve to store carbon in the soil safely, protecting ecosystems. Sheep make respectful use of natural resources and return them in the form of exceptional food.
- The suckling pig, lamb and kid are local products, Spain has 6 PGIs and more than 90 autochthonous breeds between sheep and goats, which guarantees that the national product is adapted to the taste of our consumers.
And is that consuming products of national origin, consumers are betting on our farmers, our peoples, our native breeds and a much fresher product, in addition to guaranteeing the future of a sector that has been so damaged in recent years
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Some data from the sector
The Spanish sheep and goat sector has a production system regulated by European legislation, considered the strictest in the world for carrying out the most demanding controls in terms of animal welfare and health, environmental protection and food safety. Spanish production has a process that guarantees the consumer a quality product, from farm to table.
Although the total number of imports in 2020 has decreased compared to 2019, it still stands at 10,044 tonnes, with Italy, France and Greece being the main countries from which we import sheep.
Total consumption in Spanish households was 66,215 tons in 2020, with per capita consumption having risen from 1.31 in 2019 to 1.40 in 2020.