Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, has today backed the Scotch Lamb for St Andrew’s Day campaign and celebrated the hard work of farmers and crofters in Orkney and across Scotland.
The campaign was launched in 2010 and seeks to make St Andrew’s Day synonymous with Scotch Lamb. It has received support from United Auctions, Quality Meat Scotland, National Farmers Union Scotland, National Sheep Association Scotland, and the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers Scotland.
Commenting, Mr McArthur said:
"Whether grass-fed or seaweed-eating, Orkney is proudly home to the production of high-quality lamb and mutton which boasts an enviable national and international reputation.
"Farmers in Orkney, and indeed across the country, are world leaders when it comes to food production, animal welfare and setting environmental standards. The Scotch Lamb for St Andrew's Day is a great opportunity to recognise the work our farmers do day in, day out.
"It is also a great opportunity to encourage more of this excellent local produce onto our plates all year round. Lamb was on the menu here at the Scottish Parliament today and I am pleased it was on the menu across Orkney's schools too thanks to a donation by the Orkney Auction Mart."