Auctioneers in Scotland are pushing sheep farmers to donate lambs as part of a St Andrew's Day effort to offer a lamb in schools.
The project is sponsored by the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS), and over 65,000 kids have eaten lamb as a result of it over the last three years.
Farmers can donate the value of ewes or lambs at any livestock market in Scotland, and the money will be donated to the Lamb Bank campaign.
Quality Meat Scotland provides recipes for the lamb, which is subsequently delivered to schools for use in cooking classes.
According to IAAS executive director Neil Wilson, the Lamb Bank has been functioning for a couple of years and has been quite effective in allowing farmers to participate without having to worry about the logistics of delivering a physical lamb or ewe.
"This is a brilliant way of getting our future consumers to taste and savor Scotch Lamb," Mr. Wilson said, "and it also helps them learn about the qualities of red meat and the importance of local food chains."
The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) has started a raffle to raise funds for the fiberglass sheep sculptures on show at this year's Royal Highland Show.
Five hundred tickets, priced at £25 apiece, have been made available for each of the 38 sheep sculptures, with all proceeds going to the society's bicentennial fund.
RHASS chairman Jim Warnock expressed his satisfaction that the flock generated awareness of key challenges in the agricultural sector and that they will continue to do good by being raffled off to raise funds for charities.
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