Hebridean Sheep

  • HebrideanSweeny
  • HebrideanGrimsay

Place Category: Food Producers and Slow Food Ark of Taste

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  • They are direct descendants of the ancient North European short tailed sheep that came to Scotland 8 thousand years ago. Small, hardy and lively ewes rarely weighing more than 40kg. Eaten on the archipelago of the Hebrides with a few cooks and chefs seeking it out by mail order on the mainland.

    Their dainty frame means small cuts and many farmers favour modern breeds with larger cuts and greater weight as that is demanded at auction. It is also the case that if lamb is seen as a commodity then their only asset is weight. Those who rear Hebridean and other rare breeds recognise the value in flavour, wool, sustainability, their wonderful characters and lively nature, not size.

    Sweeny at Air An Lot on Lewis is one of a young breed of crofters, offering visitors a taste of crofting and island life. He has hens, eggs and Native Hebridean Sheep.

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