Native Shetland Lamb happily exist in the most rugged land and extreme climate but their dainty size and slow growing characteristics make them unfashionable and less profitable in the eyes of commercial agribusiness. We have already seen many breeds disappearing this way.
It is now successfully marketed from the islands to a worldwide audience and its distinctive flavour is superb. It is protected under the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)scheme, meaning that true Native Shetland Lamb must be born, reared and finished in the Shetland Islands.
The taste is second to none. These old breeds are dainty in size but what they lack in bulk they more than make up for in flavour. They are traditionally reared to roam the open land, fed only by nature's herbs and spiced with local flora. Mutton and Reestit Mutton are also produced here, available from local butchers.
It is seasonal but can be successfully frozen and is available on these links to two fantastic producers. Chefs that appreciate rare breeds value their distinctive heritage flavors. Available as whole lambs butchered or unbutchered.
Richard Briggs Shetland Lamb http://www.briggs-shetlandlamb.co.uk
Tel:01595 840 227
Ronnie Eunson, Uradale Farm http://uradalefarm.blogspot.co.uk
Tel:01595 880 689
photo: Wendy Barrie
Native Shetland on Uradale Farm