Lamb farmers

Lamb farmer

100% of our fresh lamb and chilled prepared meals containing lamb are British, sourced from farms in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

High animal welfare standards

All our lamb farmers are accredited to a national farm assurance scheme, such as Red Tractor, which ensures good standards of animal welfare. These schemes cover aspects such as the housing of animals and stocking densities, feed and water, health and veterinary controls, breeding, traceability and transportation. Our farms work with an independent third party to measure their performance and drive long-term improvement. We visit these farms when possible throughout the year and undertake welfare checks at all abattoirs.

Find out more about our animal welfare standards

Meet the producers - Phil

Phil is from Axminster, Devon, where he breeds lambs for Co-op. Taking over the farm from his dad he comes from a family of farmers stretching all the way back to 1650. Phil says:

"When someone says, 'I tried your lamb, and it was better than any I’ve had before,' it’s a great feeling."

Phil uses sheepdogs because, he says, it makes for even tastier lamb. ‘You can flap your arms at a sheep all you like, but it won’t move,’ Phil explains, ‘And if you herded them up on a quad bike, they’d get really stressed. Using dogs means the sheep are happier, which means I’m happier. And a happy lamb is a tasty one.’

To make sure Phil’s lamb is the best quality possible, the flocks are free to roam and the sheep stay outside all year round, except for a few weeks during lambing season in spring.

As a young farmer supplying produce to Co-op, Phil is a member of the Co-op Farming Pioneers programme, which supports young producers and gets them together to share ideas and network.