Orkney beef is a PDO registered beef derived from cattle born, reared and slaughtered in the group of islands in the North Atlantic off the north coast of Scotland known as the Orkney Islands. The distinctly different texture and flavour of Orkney beefis largely due to the topography, geology and climate of the Orkney Islands which imparts specific characteristics to the grass and herbage providing the main diet of the cattle.
The Orkney Islands have traditionally been known for the production of quality beef. The exclusive use of Aberdeen Angus and Shorthorn/Blue Grey cows gives the beef its characteristic flavour. Only cattle from the defined area may be slaughtered and dressed in accordance with the set specifications in the designated area. The product is marketed fresh and chilled only.
Reference: The European Commission