Industry gets teeth into new lamb definition

Industry pushes expanded lamb definition

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INDUSTRY PUSH: The definition of lamb may be expanded to allow animals which have permanent incisors, but without wear.

INDUSTRY PUSH: The definition of lamb may be expanded to allow animals which have permanent incisors, but without wear.

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The definition of lamb may be expanded to allow animals which have permanent incisors, but without wear.

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THE push is on to change the definition of lamb.

The lamb definition is currently: Meat derived from a female, castrated male, or entire male ovine animal that shows no evidence of eruption of permanent incisor teeth. 

The proposed change of the lamb definition will: Allow the eruption of permanent incisors, but without either incisor being in wear. 

John Wallace, the chair of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia’s market, market access and trade policy committee said it 

“It isn’t by coincidence the Australian lamb and sheepmeat industry has grown from strength to strength to be the professional and standalone industry it is today,” Mr Wallace said.

“It has taken commitment and passion from all producers to ensure industry’s continued growth, but first and foremost, it has been industry’s united approach that has delivered our greatest successes.

“It is for this reason SCA welcomes all supply chain stakeholders to have their say on whether industry should move to adopt a definition that allows the eruption of permanent incisors, but without either incisor being in wear or maintain the current definition of lamb.”

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