Cambrian Mountain Lamb
Our Cambrian Mountain Lamb owes its premium quality and exceptional flavour to the traditional way in which the sheep are reared. The meat is produced for us by the Cambrian Mountain Co-operative, a group of 22 farms in mid-Wales, whose flocks roam and feed freely across miles of open hills and mountains.
Cambrian Mountain Lamb is produced from a native breed that is smaller and yields sweeter-tasting meat. The hefted flocks are kept on Assured Farms which still use traditional farming methods originating from the Middle Ages and passed down through generations. A hefted flock is one that has been bred for generations on the same land, and the sheep instinctively return to this territory. Old traditions die hard in the Cambrian Mountains, where farmers and shepherds still often use horses to access the steep terrain and vast wetland bogs on the hill tops, and neighbouring farmers help each other with farm tasks at certain times of the year, such as shearing and Autumn gathering.
Cambrian Mountain Lamb farmers still adhere to the old Hafod a Hendre system: after a winter in the valley, the lambs are shepherded up to the hills for the long summer grazing on natural pasture rich in a variety of grasses and herbs, returning to lower pastures during the winter months. This produces a slightly lighter weight lamb (of around 16kg) with great conformation and succulent, juicy meat with a delicate, sweet flavour.