For the first time in years, lamb meat is expected to sell out before the start of the next slaughtering season. Icelandic State Radio, RÚV, reports that lamb sales have hit an all time high, and that it is likely that all lamb meat in Iceland will be sold out until slaughtering begins this fall. Sales of lamb meat increased 13% year-to-year last year, and the outlook is for a further spike in sales this year. Every Icelander eats on average 23 kilograms of lamb per year. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />
According to RÚV, Iceland has 2.200 sheep farmers and 460.000 sheep. 1.000 tons of lamb meat were exported last year and 7.200 consumed in the home market.