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Lamb finishing

All our Manx Loaghtan lambs mature slowly and naturally on the native grasses and herbs of our organic pasture and hay fields. No artificial growth promoters or chemical enhancers are ever used.

This slow, natural, process produces our award winning, tender, tasty organic lamb with deeply coloured cuts and a distinctive, full flavour. The Manx Loaghtan is also significantly lower in fat and cholesterol than commercial breeds, making ours a healthy organic choice.

The lambs and ewes go out to pasture shortly after lambing. The lambs remain with the ewes until weaning in August and September. The lambs have been out at grass with the ewes all summer and are growing rapidly. As they grow, their dependence on their mother's milk diminishes and in practice they tend to wean themselves. Commonly all the lambs are weaned all at once, but lambs born late may be kept with the ewes, depending on their size.

At weaning, the lambs are moved to our best pasture. Here they remain grazing at low stocking levels until they reach their full weight. We sell two types of lamb, Autumn and Year Lamb. Each animal is hand picked depending on what each customer wants:
  Autumn lamb
These are lambs that are ready to sell in the same year in which they were born. The majority of our lambs are autumn lambs. They mature slowly on our spring and summer pastures before being ready to be sold in the autumn.
  Year lamb
Some lambs are born later and mature slower than others. These lambs stay on the farm over winter and are ready to be sold from the summer of the following year. This late maturing is known as storing. Manx Loaghtan lambs, as some other rare breeds, do not grow over winter, but 'store' resuming growth again in the spring.The only difference between autumn and year lamb is that year lamb tends to have a slightly stronger flavour.

"Langley Chase Manx Loaghtans are the supermodels of the sheep world - lean, long-legged and strikingly handsome. Holding their heads high they stare haughtily from pale eyes, each with its lozenge of black pupil like a large expensive marble."
The Times