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Customers aren't sheepish about traditional leg of lamb

ACT and Queanbeyan butchers say lamb is in high demand, with a Sunday Canberra Times snap poll showing the price of a leg of lamb is between $12 and $16 a kilogram leading up to Australia Day.

Barbecue meats are at the forefront, but the leg is still a favourite. Richard Odell of Griffith's Butchery and Bakery said it was nice Australians still bought legs.

Manager of Queanbeyan's Lindbeck's Butchery Tom Freeman said the demand for legs of lamb has remained steady - but other cuts have increased.

''We find a lot of women prefer lamb over beef, and the kids love lamb also - it's a family favourite, and the best commodity for this country,'' Mr Freeman said.

Alf's Butchery owner Doug Irving said customers were after a modern twist.

''Customers have been buying the popular barbecue meats for Australia Day, but something that has really been walking out the door is the butterflied legs of lamb, that are flattened out to cook on the barbecue.''