Locally reared Swaledale is the breed of choice
The Swaledale is a breed of sheep suited to the harsh climate of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is renowned for its ability to live and thrive on the heather dominated moorland and the flower rich meadows and pastures found in Upper Teesdale.
Varied vegetation for a great taste
The Swaledale is able to rear lambs where other breeds can’t thereby contributing to the maintenance of the unique assemblage of plants, the fantastic array of wading birds and Teesdale’s vast area of blanket bog. The diet provided by the varied vegetation, as well as carefully selected supplementary feed, all contribute to the distinctive flavour of Upper Teesdale Lamb.
Upper Teesdale Lamb Limited has now started trading. It offers the opportunity to purchase over the internet whole and half Swaledale lambs ready for the freezer straight from the producer. The company has been set up by seven farming families in the upper dale concerned about the falling returns they were getting for their smaller hill lambs. It aims to shorten the supply chain and offer better value for money to its customers and a better return to the farmers involved.
Everything is local
All processing is done by F Simpson and Son, a renowned local abattoir and butcher. Lambs are delivered direct to the customer’s door by a reliable national delivery service using insulated packaging designed for the purpose.
Paul Johnson, the Chairman, commented: “This is great opportunity to purchase Swaledale Hill lamb direct from the producers and comes at a time when many supermarkets are not even making British lamb available in their stores. We believe that we are offering great tasting lamb at a very competitive price”.
The perfect provenance
Upper Teesdale Lamb is also being used by Jon and Bev Dunn who run 1618 in Middleton in Teesdale to make their renowned ‘Lead Miner’s Pasty’, which is also available at the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s Bowlees Visitor Centre. “The Swaledale was the only breed available in the heyday of the lead mining industry so has the perfect provenance for my product”, said Jon.
Upper Teesdale Lamb is available through http://upperteesdalelamb.co.uk
Released: 25 September 2014