Working closely with a number of carefully selected local farmers, HG Blake is able to supply English Lamb throughout the year, which are finished on grass and root crops. Gone are the days when English lamb was only available in the Spring. That said, prime Spring Lamb is available in time for Easter.
We have a strict selection process for our lamb to guarantee quality and consistent results. Carcases must have a fat class of between 2–3H and have a conformation of between E–O. An equivalent to classification is acceptable for plants not grading lamb.
The Quality Standard Mark Scheme for lamb provides high levels of assurance about the meat you buy.
All lamb carrying the Mark is chosen according to a strict selection process to ensure it is succulent and tender. Quality Standard Mark (QSM) lamb is produced to higher standards than required by law with a supply chain which is fully assured and independently inspected at every stage.
The QSM also tells you where your lamb is from. For example, meat from an animal born, raised and slaughtered in England will carry the Quality Standard lamb Mark indicating English origin with the St George’s flag.
Find out more at www.qsmbeefandlamb.co.uk
Producer Case Study
Green Farm Lamb
Gareth Daniels is the fourth generation of Daniels farming the land at Little Barningham, Norfolk. With just over 300 acres, Gareth, along with his father Michael, has added over 700 ewes and 200 ewe hogs to the flock this year.The sheep graze on grass and fodder beet.
Our philosophy is simple: “We are motivated to produce lamb all year round to try to reverse the trend for Spring lamb, which came about to serve the Easter Holidays, but is not how lambs were traditionally produced.”
Lambs are naturally reared and fed on a home mix of 70% barley (home grown), 20% sugar beet shreds (a by-product of sugar beet, also grown on the farm) and a protein additive.
Gareth is passionate about providing high quality locally reared lamb to his surrounding community, thereby helping to reduce food miles. There is complete traceability throughout his flock. A good breed selection provides high muscle depth and low-fat content. High index rams are used at tupping time to ensure good solid lambs.