NFU members have staged a demonstration outside the Tescostand at the Royal Welsh Show in protest at the retailers failure to backBritish lamb.
Around 60 farmers gathered at the NFU Cymru stand on theBuilth Wells showground this morning (Monday) before marching down to the Tescostand.
TheNFU has strongly criticised Tescos decision to heavily promote end of seasonlamb from the southern hemisphere despite it being the middle of the primeseason for British grass-fed, spring-born lamb.
NFUlivestock board chairman Charles Sercombe, who was among the protestors thismorning, said: Livestock farmers here and across the country are angry,disappointed and frustrated at the way some retailers are continuing to promotean end-of-season product, which many view as inferior, over RedTractor-assured, fresh lamb produced in the fields, valleys and hills ofEngland and Wales.
Werehighlighting Tesco as we believe they are failing to live up to the commitmentsmade by their outgoing chief executive Philip Clarke at the NFU Conference lastyear that Tesco should be the best supporter of British farmers and that itwished to shorten the supply chain.
Wewill continue to keep up the pressure on all retailers and the independent Beef& Lamb Watch results just out highlight those retailers who arent backingBritish farming and living up to commitments made on sourcing.