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The Easter lamb comes from far away

The lamb is the classic among the feast of Easter. The meat comes mostly from abroad. In Switzerland, simply too little precious pieces, such as Fillets are produced.

eat While in Switzerland, less meat, the sales of lamb and sheep meat in recent years. 2018 were eaten according to the industry Association Proviande of 1.17 pounds.

The domestic production cannot meet this demand. Just popular items such as lamb racks often come from abroad. Only about 40 percent of the ate the sheep and lamb meat are from Switzerland.

new Zealand as a top rider

The lamb fillets usually have to go a long way. Of the nearly 6000 tons, were delivered last year in Switzerland, produced a large proportion of new Zealand and Australia. Also popular meat in Ireland.

In the case of the retailer Migros is just 10 percent of lamb meat from Switzerland. "The precious pieces are enjoying such a great popularity in Switzerland, that the very large demand cannot be met afterwards, alone, with Swiss products, unfortunately," says a Migros spokesman. Migros prioritize the Import of meat from Ireland and the UK.

In the Migros competitor, Coop, it looks similar to this: "Almost a quarter of our lamb meat comes from Switzerland, where we would like to offer more Swiss lamb meat," says a spokeswoman.

Also in the case of Coop it is emphasized that the need for Nierstücken or rack of Lamb exceeds local production. Coop the lamb meat purchases abroad especially in new Zealand, Australia, the UK and Ireland.

But why do you eat lamb at Easter? The lamb was in ancient times a popular sacrificial animal. In Christianity, the name of the lamb was marked of God for Jesus Christ. He sacrificed himself in order to erase the sin of the world, so the narrative. In early Christianity, it is the custom to bless the lamb and to eat on Easter day established. This Tradition has evolved, has remained the lamb to Easter.

lamb as a niche meat

Even if the lamb during the Easter holidays, has high economy: compared to other meat places to eat in Switzerland, very little lamb. With just under 21 kilograms per capita per year, the pork was also 2018 the most popular. After that, chicken with a little over 14 kilograms and beef, with 11.4 kilos follow.

the chicken has gained in popularity significantly in the past few years. Always less pork is eaten meat.

The consumption of meat in Switzerland since years back. In 2017, ate the Swiss 50 pounds per Person in 1996 to 53.6 kg. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 20.04.2019, 22:26 PM

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