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Help Secure the Future of Seaweed Eating North Ronaldsay Lamb

20/02/2018
by JILLIAN MCEWAN
Great news for lovers of rare breed lamb and mutton! We can provide you with an unique opportunity to enjoy mutton from genuine seaweed eating from North Ronaldsay from Orkney. This could be the last chance that you have to taste this highly prized, rare breed meat....


This breed of sheep is close to extinction due to the depopulation of Orkney, reducing the numbers of people who are keeping the sheep. Furthermore, the sea dykes that ensure the sheep remain on the shore and can't mix with other breeds have been severely storm damaged and there is limited manpower available on the island to fix these important boundaries.

The latest challenge for the North Ronaldsay crofters is the imminent closure of the only abattoir on Orkney. With all these factors stacked against them the numbers of crofters keeping the North Ronaldsay sheep have reduced dramatically. With these constant challenges, rearing these special sheep is becoming more and more unsustainable for the crofters.

Watch footage of North Ronaldsay Sheep on Countryfile
This is were we come in. We are working with crofters to showcase their delicious mutton via Fresh Food Express. You benefit from enjoying some of the world's most highly prized rare breed meat, and the crofters benefit financially which secures the breed for the next few years.

Unusually this is the perfect time to enjoy North Ronaldsay mutton as the sheep are in peak condition as they gorge on the abundant seaweed during the winter. Stormy weather rips the fresh seaweed banks onto the foreshore where the North Ronaldsay happily devour it throughout October to March. During the summer months, the sheep are leaner due to the lack of seaweed on the shore. This is the opposite to other breeds which are typically fat in summer and leaner in the winter.


We are expecting our North Ronaldsay mutton to arrive in time for Easter. At the moment, we are just waiting for costs from the crofters for their sheep, so I'm contacting you today to ascertain levels of interest to help with our pre-orders.

It is likely that we'll be selling the mutton as whole and half boxed carcasses, butchered to your specification. If you are interested, please let me know this week so I can provisionally reserve the mutton. Just drop an email to noting your interest. Don't worry there is no commitment needed at this point. As soon as have the costs, I'll be back in touch.

Jillian
hello@freshfoodexpress.co.uk


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