In the Yorkshire Dales we are surrounded by a variety of lamb, hogget and mutton. We have high uplands and low green pastures that are ideal for farming lamb. Strictly speaking lamb is under 1 year old. After that it becomes hogget, or hog, and then mutton. Most of our lamb tends to be of the older variety as we believe that the animals should have longer lives. This develops the flavour and texture of the meat.
Good lamb should have a darkish rosy colour and a light coloured fat. If you buy some of our heritage breed lamb it will often be a much darker colour.