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
Foss Scott demonstrates good conformation to breed standard.
He has proven his abilities, siring 1.6 lambs per ewe over two years, average 12 ewes.
Scott is mostly kept in field with younger rams : he maintains his status over the others by force of personality, backed up if necessary by sideways shoves at the feed trough!
With humans, he’s aware that he’s not the boss. Accustomed to being handled, he’s easy to manage, and is particularly friendly with whoever brings him food! He will come to and follow a bucket, and eat from the hand. He loves to be rubbed behind his ears.
Situated – Bun a Mhullin, Isle of Eriskay.
Price negotiable. Will deliver to buyer in Uist, free of charge ; to elsewhere, if required, by agreement.
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Counting up the sheep in High Field, I’m one short. Count again …
Correct – But best count again, just to be sure …
Two too many? I must have double-counted (the dratted things rearrange themselves as I count!). And again …
One short. And again …
One short. It’s one of last year’s lambs – or hog. Where could she be ?
I’d best go looking for her …
High Field is full of rock outcrops, incised streams, old peat-cuttings. To check at all means to check thoroughly – to make a zig-zag tour of the entire field. That’s hard which is hard going on such terrain, here steep bare rock, then moss all soft and squelchy – and the day heavy with heat and humidity.
A sheep down on the ground – and by that I mean ill or dying, or even a view of its backside as it grazes, so often turns out to be the shadow of a boulder, or a scrape of bare peat on a steep bank …
… or a big clump of heather – which even in early summer wears the drab browns of last year’s foliage. Like so …
For the past week, the weather has been intensely sunny, warm, still – and uncomfortably humid : very un-Hebridean weather, certainly for late Spring – more like high Summer! It’s too early yet to shear the ewes – their old fleeces haven’t yet started to lift away, so the poor girls are struggling with the heat. Tucked down amongst the clumps of heather, their bellies and flanks are pressed into contact with the damp or wet moss, and that helps them to stay cool. The damp moss also keeps at bay the clouds of midges, which just love this close weather.
So, ewe found – safe and sound. I turn and head home for mid-morning coffee and toast.