Orkney lamb is a PDO registered lamb which is 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 lamb may be marketed as a whole carcass or cuts of lamb.
The Orkney Islands have always been known for the production of quality lamb. The unique North Ronaldsay sheep, found only in Orkney, lives on a diet of seaweed and is one of the traditional breeds used to produce Orkney lamb. The geography of Orkney combined with the temperate climate produces high quality grass for grazing.
The distinctive' different texture and flavour of Orkney lamb is 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 lamb.
Only lambs 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