ANM shows faith in lamb Lamb has been a strangely weak performer in Scottish meat, the undoubted efficiency of the production sector not matched by processing and marketing success. But now comes a renewed effort to develop a commercially viable package. Farmer owned auctioneering and processing group ANM, which like competitor Grampian scaled down sheepmeat in the 1990s, is moving back in with the purchase of the former Grants of Dornoch abattoir in Sutherland. ANM and Grampian had both found money hard to make on lamb processing as volatile export markets crushed margins. Now chief executive Brian Pack plans to reopen the plant early next year after installing a killing line with initial weekly throughput of 1,500 head. He acknowledged "the challenge of running a profitable lamb slaughtering and processing facility will not be an easy one". But Pack indicated his strategy by noting "the Dornoch facility, whilst being a long way from the market, is in the heart of lamb country and should facilitate the building of a brand, utilising the image of the Highlands". {{MEAT }}