A commitment from Marks and Spencer to supply 100 per cent Scotch lamb throughout the year has created a new market outlet for 10-12,000 prime animals.
Farm Stock (Scotland) said it was actively working to procure an additional 5,000-6,000 lambs over and above what it would normally require in the next few months.
Chairman of Farm Stock (Scotland) Ian Watson said: “This new market is great news for our farmers, and I am sure they are up to the challenge of delivering stock to meet this fantastic opportunity.
"M&S is to be applauded for making this commitment to our industry, it is now our turn to ensure that we meet its expectations.”
Lambs for M&S must come from M&S Select Farms, have full Scottish provenance, and be killed at Scotbeef, Bridge of Allan. Scotbeef fieldstaff are also sourcing animals for M&S.
Steve McLean, head agriculture at M&S, who announced the move to 100 per cent Scotch lamb in their Scottish stores at the Farm Stock (Scotland) supply chain conference last October, said customers were keen to buy regionally sourced meat.
"In 2016 we sourced UK lamb for 42 weeks of the year,” said Mr McLean.
“For 2017, we have not made the switch to New Zealand lamb in our Scottish stores, and instead will supply 100 per cent Scotch lamb throughout the entire year.”