The sheep industry was looking for new opportunities in exports to the US after Donald Trump was served British lamb at the state banquet.
The National Sheep Association (NSA) welcomed the news British lamb was on the menu at the State Banquet yesterday (June 3).
NSA chief executive Phil Stocker said with so much uncertainty surrounding future markets for British lamb it was reassuring to see the Palace ‘waving the flag’ for it.
“NSA is pushing for an increased number of export destinations for British sheepmeat and giving lamb the platform to speak for itself presents a fantastic opportunity,” he said.
The UK cannot currently export sheepmeat to the US. But Mr Stocker said there was a clear opportunity for exports, particularly given the UK’s need to build and strengthen trading relationships with the uncertainty of Brexit.
Mr Stocker added: “We have long said the US would be a great market to tap into given the right opportunity and this could be just the chance we need to drive this forward
“Assuming President Trump enjoyed his dining experience, we can only hope it gets him thinking and will help drive forward a strengthened market in the US.
“NSA would like to thank Her Majesty and all at Buckingham Palace for supporting the UK sheep sector and for endorsing British lamb in this way.”