Lakeland Herdwick sheep are the native breed of the central and western Lake District in Cumbria, and live all of the year on England’s highest and roughest terrain which also has the country’s highest rainfall. Many of these farms were bequeathed to the National Trust by Beatrix Potter, who was very committed to their preservation. She had her own Herdwick flock and and was keen to breed the best animals. Beatrix succeeded in this, winning awards at local agricultural shows and the respect of local Lake District farmers.
Purebred Herdwick lambs are born largely black often with tips of white on their ears, but as they age, the heads and legs become white and the fleece changes in colour ranging from a slatey blue-grey to a light grey. Only pure bred Herdwick lambs display this dark colouration making them easy to identify.
Lakeland Herdwick meat is renowned for its distinctive taste and eating quality – a natural result of the lambs maturing slowly on the heather and grasses of the Lake District fells. The meat is succulent, tender with a more gamey flavour than conventional lamb.
The Herdwick has recently been awarded a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin). This means that for a supplier to sell Herdwick as ‘Lakeland’, it must have been born, reared & slaughtered in Cumbria, and we are one of the vital links in this chain to give it’s authenticity.