Shetland lamb is a PDO registered lamb derived from the native breed of Shetland sheep and its derivatives. Lambs are born, reared and slaughtered in Shetland, which is a group of islands in the North Atlantic off the north coast of Scotland. The texture and flavour of Shetland lamb is distinctive and different from lamb derived from other breeds of sheep produced in other areas of the UK due to the topography, geology and climate of the Shetland Islands.
The Shetland sheep is a distinctive breed native to the Shetland Isles. Lambs are produced from either Shetland or the Shetland/Cheviot ewes. Lambs are slaughtered within 12 months of birth and marketed either as a whole or cuts of meat. Only Lambs from the defined area may be slaughtered and dressed in accordance with set specifications in the designated area. The carcass weight should be in the range 7kg - 14kg for pure Shetland and up to 20kg for crossed Lambs.
Reference: The European Commission
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