‘Bursting with flavour protein, vitamins, and minerals’

Sligo News File

Sean McNamara

ICSA sheep chairman Sean McNamara is urging families to include a serving of spring lamb in their Easter menu this weekend. “We are very lucky to have a plentiful supply of top quality locally produced lamb in this country.

Sheep farmers, he said, “have been working day and night to ensure families right around Ireland can sit down and savour the very best of what Irish farming has to offer over this holiday weekend.

“It is important to remember that we don’t have to look very far for the finest quality and healthiest options. Not only is our spring lamb bursting with flavour, but it is also packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals. It is nutrient rich, wholesome food at its very best.”

Referencing vegan food, Mr McNamara pointed to recent research from which found that many products of this kind contain little or no protein. “Often what is seen as a healthy option can turn out to be anything but. A lot of these substitute products are heavily processed and contain a lengthy list of spurious ingredients. At least with lamb, you know what you are getting, 100% natural, sustainably produced, world class fare.

“Throughout the Covid crisis, ICSA members have been proudly displaying bumper stickers on the tractors that read ‘Farmer on Duty – Feeding the Nation’, and I would encourage anyone who can to show their appreciation for the dedication  our Irish producers have shown over the last year – simply by buying local produce. And if you have haven’t tried Irish lamb for a while, be sure to make it top of your shopping list this weekend.”

For inspiration, check out the Bord Bia website for recipes on a huge range of mouth-watering lamb dishes;  Lamb Recipes – Bord Bia| Irish Food Board