Families are being encouraged by the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) to include a serving of spring lamb in their Easter menus this weekend.

On this topic, ICSA sheep chairman Sean McNamara said: “We are very lucky to have a plentiful supply of top quality locally produced lamb in this country.

“Sheep farmers 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,” he said.

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.”

McNamara pointed to recent research from Safefood.net that found that 25% of meat-substitute products 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.

The chairman highlighted that, throughout the Covid-19 crisis, ICSA members have been displaying bumper stickers on the tractors that read ‘Farmer on Duty – Feeding the Nation’.

“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,” McNamara concluded.