Taste Cumbria backs Herdwick meat project

Taste Cumbria has recently launched a project which promotes Cumbrian product, Herdwick meat, and the way it is farmed.

The project is in partnership with the Herdwick Sheep Breeders’ Association and six Cumbrian MPs, working alongside farmers, slaughterhouses, producers, restaurateurs and retailers to tackle low farming incomes.

Taste Cumbria manager Mary Houston said: “Thanks to funding from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, we are planning a series of events to promote Herdwick, including a spectacular event in the capital. It is great to have the full support of our Cumbrian MPs and I look forward to working with them again. Herdwick is a wonderful product of both farmers and landscape.  

“We need to support the fragile network of specialist Herdwick farmers and shepherds, who work as guardians of our unique fells. Herdwick meat is of outstanding quality and we should be seeing it on the shelves of quality butchers, retailers and on the menu of all reputable restaurants.”

Having recently been granted Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status, experts claim Herdwick sheep’s hardy way of life creates their rich and distinctive flavour.

MP for Penrith and the Border Rory Stewart said: “The Herdwick Sheep Breeders’ Association is doing a fantastic job in protecting this beautiful, hardy native breed, and I am delighted that the Prince’s Countryside Fund is supporting them in a project to help capitalise on their recently-awarded PDO status – encouraging exports abroad and raising the profile of the Cumbrian farmers who raise our Herdwicks in the process.”

The other MPs involved include Tim Farron, Jamie Reed, Tony Cunningham, John Woodcock and John Stephenson.

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