The An Gàrradh Mòr flock of Hebridean sheep
Hebridean Hogget Lamb – The ultimate, naturally slow food
A hogget is a sheep more than one year but less than two years old. After it’s been sheared for the first time – usually in the late spring of the year after it was born, it will also be referred to as a shearling lamb. The meat of the hogget is commonly referred to as hogget lamb.
Modern-day commercial practice is to send lambs to the abattoir once they reach a live weight of about 40kg – typically when it is about four to five months old. That’s how to maximize profits – but not flavour.
We follow the much older practice – more common among smallholders, crofters, homesteaders, keeping the lambs through the winter, to gain weight and flavour through the following summer, killing them in the autumn as the grass becomes scarce.
Our black, pure-breed Hebridean sheep thrive year-round on the natural, diverse vegetation of our croft and the common hill grazings in Eriskay. The slow-maturing hogget lambs enjoy two full summers of good living. Their meat is low in fat and cholesterol and has extraordinary depth of colour and flavour. This meat demands respect! Cook low. Cook Slow. Take time to enjoy!
Our Hebridean Hogget Lamb is geotraceable, grass-fed, free of hormones and antibiotics – 100% natural.
The meat is sold on the bone, vacuum-packed, frozen, and available only at The Big Garden.
Cuts and prices – valid until end of November 2018
|Joint / Cut (on bone)||Pack Size||Price £ / kg||Typical cost|
|Loin chop||Pack of 4 to 6||£24.00||£5 – £10|
|Chops / Cutlets||Pack of 4 to 6||£20.00||£4 – £10|
|Whole Leg||One||£16.00||£25 – £45|
|(Half) Leg||One||£20.00||£20 – £30|
|Leg Shank||Pack of 2||£12.00||£3 – £5|
|Whole Shoulder||One||£12.00||£16 – £20|
|Square-cut Shoulder||One||£16.00||£14 – £18|
|Shoulder/Fore Shank||Pack of 2||£10.00||£5 – £6|
|Neck||Pack of 2 halves||£10.00||£5 – £7|
|Liver||Varied cuts||£12.00||£4 – £6|
|Kidney||Pack of 4 or 6||£16.00||£2 – £3|
Enquiries, Orders, Collection, Delivery
Call in at The Big Garden, and we can show you the selection currently available.
For purchases of £10 or more, we offer complimentary fresh-cut Rosemary from the greenhouse, or alternatively your choice other herbs from the garden, according to season and availability.
Visitors to the islands may find it helpful for us to keep their purchase in our freezers for them to collect shortly before they leave Uist. We may be able to deliver to addresses between Askernish and Eriskay – please enquire.
To enquire, call us on 01878 700828, or use this form –
Livestock for Sale
At present, we have no livestock for sale.
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It’s been a ritual, for the past two to three months. Morning rations of sheep-nuts, and an armful of hay. The nuts go into plastic troughs, hooked over rails of a gate, and the bundle of hay is tied to the top rail.
Whilst D and I were away, it was Becky that hosted the party of six – Scott the ram, and five younger boys. But now I’m back from Navarra and dressed once more in my boiler suit, I’ve re-started – just this morning, in fact – work on the new fencing, further up the hill.
After I’d fed the boys, I set off up the hill with a big fence post on my shoulder. On reaching the depot for fencing materials, and having dropped my load, I stopped to take in the view – and a rest after my exertions. Somewhere in the near distance I could hear the whinnying of horses – Eriskay ponies, in fact. There’s plenty about in winter, when they are allowed down from the hill grazings.
Walking back down to the croft store for another load, what did I come across, but a troop of ponies passing along the ‘old road’ that crosses our croft, and helping themselves to the hay. Gate-crashers, indeed!