Hebridean Hogget…

…an ancient breed for modern tables.

There are many reasons to choose Hebridean hogget (18 month old lamb) or mutton (sheep over 2 years old): the breed itself is leaner, healthier, and more flavorful than many breeds, and as it’s not mass-marketed, provenance is easy to establish. When you purchase Hebridean hogget, you are most likely supporting a small family business, and if you purchase the Hirsel’s hogget, you’ll also know that the animal you buy has been given excellent care and much affection during its entire journey from the womb to the abattoir.

We do not sell the animals meant for your table at auction – they go straight from our farm to our local abattoir in Dingwall, a short 1/2 hour journey away, in order to minimize stress in their final hours. From there, they are either picked up and delivered to you by us (if you are doing your own butchery), or sent to Macbeth’s, the traditional Scottish butcher and game dealer located in Forres. There, unless you request otherwise, they are butchered per his 1/2 or whole standard packages. On Macbeth’s website, you’ll find information about available cuts with your order. (Please note: mince is not generally available from hoggets, as the orders are too small for the machines.) If you have special requests, let us know, they are somewhat flexible.

Our next batch of hogget will be available in October/November. Please contact us if you’d like to reserve a whole or half carcass.

Highland Butcher

A happy customer, ready to butcher his 1/2 hogget.

Supplies are always limited; to place your name on the early alert list for 2019 Hebridean Hogget, please send an email directly to info@thehirsel.com. In the email, please be clear (for legal reasons) that you wish your contact information to be held for this purpose.