Mutton farmer wins National Organic Food Awards
Published:  29 July, 2011

A mutton farmer has won the coveted best meat award at the National Organic Food Award, which is organised by the Soil Association.

Jane Kallaway of Langley Chase Organic Farm in Chippenham won the award for her rare breed Manx Loaghtan organic mutton, as well as being highly commended for the farm’s rare breed lamb. She was congratulated by HRH the Prince of Wales during the event at Clarence House yesterday, and presented with the award by Soil Association director Helen Browning.

Prince Charles founded the Mutton Renaissance campaign in 2005 and is patron of the Soil Association.

The National Organic Food Awards judges described the Langley Chase Organic Mutton as “a really splendid piece of meat” and said it was a lesson in why people should eat good mutton.  

Kallaway said: “I am delighted to win this award, not only for myself and the farm, but also for mutton – a much overlooked versatile meat that deserves greater recognition. I am also thrilled that our lamb was Highly Commended. To have our products at the top of the Awards is just wonderful. The win is even more special knowing that we have been recognised as the best in the UK by some of the top chefs and food critics in the country.

“Being Organic is hugely important to me. Organic production is the direct connection between our health and the food we eat, it is about supporting native species, localised production and having the highest possible standards of welfare for animals and the environment.

Kallaway said it was an enormous pleasure to meet the Prince of Wales and that they had talked about their respective flocks.

Langley Chase Organic Farm exclusively rears Manx Loaghtan sheep, a striking four-horned primitive rare breed sheep thought to have been introduced into the UK by the Vikings. The breed produces dark meat significantly lower in fat and cholesterol than commercial sheep breeds. The sheep are slow-growing and reared on the farm’s native species wildflower and herb meadows. Since 2001 the farm has won 14 National Organic Food Awards including Best Organic Meat and Best Organic Lamb.

The Organic Food Awards is now in its 23rd year and is open to any product registered as organic and certified by a recognised organic certification body within the EU.

The ‘Start’ initiative was established by the Prince’s Charities Foundation to promote and celebrate sustainable living. The festival was themed around sustainable food and farming.

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