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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Today’s Good Friday : we have, all of a sudden, arrived at Easter. Our first lamb of 2018 was born this afternoon : she will have to be nick-named Girl Friday !
I found her resting on a dry patch of ground, sheltered from the cold east wind, and basking in warm spring sunshine. Her mum was grazing close-by guarding her jealously … and judging from the umbilical cord still trailing from her back end – but as yet no placenta, I suspect the little girl might yet be joined by a twin. I shall see tomorrow morning.
Here’s a look back over the past week and more.
I’ve been working on the croft most of every day, making a final push to get the croft fencing completed before the end of the financial year, before lambing, before work in the walled garden has to take precedence.
Down near the shore, our gaggle of six Embden geese have come through the winter in good health, thanks largely to their finely-honed sense of timing : they know my routine better than I do, managing to be wherever and whenever food is being put down for sheep or hens or whoever : for heaven’s sake, they’ll even fly from one thieving expedition to another!
A week or more ago, one of the girls was missing from the raiding party : three mornings in a row. I found her on a neighbouring derelict croft, within – the ruins of an old stone cottage or byre, and the gaggle’s favourite nesting site. This particular ruin had, at some time, been used as a dump for waste buidling materials, which seemed to me a very unsavory choice for nesting. Not so, presumably, to the first goose to set up camp there, ten years ago : one corner seemed to have already be in use as a goose nest : surely those white round things just below the encroaching grass were goose eggs, weren’t they? Investigating, D and I discovered a heap of discarded white rainwater down-pipes : the radius of which approximated to that of a goose egg! Over the years since, the grass has been defeated by trampling, and the absurdity is all the more apparent.
This year, one of the younger geese, together with her gander, was first of the three couples to set up in the old ruin. Of course she chose on top of the pipes – even though two other good nesting sites in other corners were available. A few days later, Mr & Mrs Jackson thought, too, that it was time to get on with the work of life, Mr Jackson shooed off the nesting goose and established his good lady on the premium nest site – she also took possession of the four warm eggs already in it! Over the following there was a constant argy-bargy between the two couples , but at last peace has settled , with the two girls sitting side-by-side on the nest – and the unknown number of eggs layed between them. Mr Jackson stays nearby, on higher ground, watching over both.