Meat and Wool
Enjoy the products from UK Sheep farms
An amazing range of high quality products can be made from the resources sheep provide, from chump chops to woolly jumpers. Find out about sheep meat and wool here.
Buyers Guide to lamb:-
- British Spring lamb is available in supermarkets, but the prime season is early summer through to autumn, as it the lamb has had time to grow and develop flavour.
- Look for bones that are pink in colour; flesh that is bright, moist and brownish-pink; and fat that is firm, dry, slightly crumbly and not yellow.
- Looking for the Red Tractor logo on lamb products on the supermarket shelf. This guarantees that it is British lamb, and also ensures top standards of traceability, food safety & hygiene, animal welfare and environmental protection.
- Find your nearest supermarket or restaurant stocking Red Tractor certified products: http://www.redtractor.org.uk/get-involved/where-to-buy
- Take part in Love Lamb Week, which has been running annually from 1st-7th September since 2015. Look out for ways to get involved in your local area: http://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/lovelamb/
- Mutton is available all year around, but the best meat is produced from October to March due to the nutritious summer grass. Hebridean, Herdwick, Romney, Shetland, Southdown and Welsh Mountain are just some breeds of sheep with an historical reputation for producing delicious mutton.
Visit the websites below for tempting recipes and to learn about British lamb:-
- Red Tractor Assured: www.redtractor.org.uk/recipes
- Scotch Lamb: www.whambamlamb.com
- Welsh Lamb: www.eatwelshlamb.co.uk/welsh-lamb
- Quality Standard English Lamb: www.simplybeefandlamb.co.uk
- Farm Quality Assured Northern Ireland Lamb: www.beefandlambni.com
- Mutton: www.makemoreofmutton.org.uk
See the many creative uses of wool and find out more about this versatile material:-
- Dispel these seven woolly myths with help from the Wool Room, makers of luxury wool bedding: http://www.thewoolroom.com/blog/7-wool-myths-debunked/ and watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogXOoz5zHU0
- Enjoy learning about wool on the British Wool Marketing Board website: www.britishwoollearning.com
- Find out how much farmers get for their fleeces, and what the different fleeces will become: http://www.britishwool.org.uk/producer-prices.php
- Campaign for Wool: www.campaignforwool.org
- BritYarn, a new online wool shop for British yarns including from rare and unusual breeds: http://www.brityarn.co.uk/