Hebridean Mutton…

In the far north of Scotland, nutritious roasts and stews, chops and soups are always welcome – no matter the time of year. Food that fills you up and keeps you going through all the seasons. At the Hirsel, we have a wide selection for you and your family, made from our own native breed Hebrideans.

Half and Whole Boxes

The Hirsel is now taking orders for our 2022 batch of Hebridean Hogget and Mutton. Hogget will be available at the end of August, and Mutton will be available mid-September.* Orders can be placed via email: info@thehirsel.com.

Hebrideans are smaller than commercial sheep, but punch above their weight in the flavour department: A half box is approximately 7+kg (20 servings), and costs £75.00; a whole box is approximately 14kg (40 servings), and costs £145.00. (A la carte orders are not yet being taken for this batch, but will be announced shortly.) Please specify whether you’re ordering Hogget or Mutton when you reserve your box.

****With the cost-of-living crisis affecting all of us, from growers through processers to customers, The Hirsel has decided to keep our prices at 2021 levels. It’s important to us that our community continues to be able to afford to serve locally produced, healthy food to their families.****

Your box order can be cut and packed to your specification, but a general selection will include: Shoulder(s) (boned and rolled), Leg(s) (whole on the bone), Double loin chops (can be boned and/or rolled), and Cutlets (can be left as a rack or boned). Other products, such as burgers, sausages and mince*, are sometimes available at additional cost, but must be requested as part of the ordering process for your half or whole box.

Fresh (unfrozen) delivery is available direct from the butcher, at cost (£14.50 per box), if arranged when you place your order. Other fresh orders can be picked up from the farm gate within a day of arrival here from the butcher. The meat will then go into the freezer, and once frozen, will be available for farmgate sales. Talk to us about your preferred option – we can always work something out!

*Delivery dates are dependent on abattoir availability. As we are not allowed to book our animals into the abattoir until one week prior to their arrival, these approximate delivery dates are based on post-abattoir butcher availability, and we will confirm with you when our appointments have been successfully booked at the abattoir.

Our a la carte selection

Our current inventory of a la carte Hebridean Mutton is cut for us by our local butchers at Ardgay Game, and includes the following cuts (all weight/prices are approximate, all cuts are pre-frozen):

  • Rolled boneless Shoulder: £12.00/kg = avg weight/cost: 1.7kg/£20.00 Sold out!
  • Leg on the bone: £13.00/kg = avg weight/cost: 1.6kg/£20.00 (only 3 still available)
  • Chops:£11.50/kg = avg weight/cost, 4-pack, serves two: .32kg/£3.65
  • Racks: £12.50/kg = avg weight/cost .35kg/£4.35 (only 4 still available)
  • Flank: £6.50/kg = avg weight/cost: .65kg/£4.20 Sold out!

Pick up or Delivery?

  • Farm gate sales/pickups are by appointment. Returning customers can pay cash upon pick up, or via bacs; new customers are asked to pay cash.
  • Please ask about our free local (Bonar Bridge & Ardgay) delivery to seniors and those who cannot travel due to health issues. We ask that all delivery orders are paid in advance, or by cash upon delivery.
Locally sourced, locally butchered. That’s what it’s all about!

There are many reasons to choose Hebridean hogget (less than two years old) or mutton (over 2 years old): slow grown on grass and native brush, and supplemented with hay and tree fodder in the winter, the breed itself is leaner, healthier, and more flavorful than many commercial breeds, and as it’s not mass-marketed, provenance is easy to establish. Additionally, with the increasing awareness of how our food choices affect our planet, you can be sure that, by choosing to purchase Hebridean meat raised on a Nature-Friendly farm, and processed locally in Scotland, you are doing your part to shop ethically and sustainably.

Highland Butcher
A happy customer, ready to DIY-butcher his 2018 hogget.

We don’t sell the animals meant for your table at auction – in order to minimize stress in their final days, and lower your food miles, our animals never leave the Highlands: they go straight from our farm to our local abattoir in Dingwall. From there, they are sent directly to Macbeth’s in Forres, or to Ardgay Game, where your pre-ordered half or whole box will be butchered for you, or our single cuts will be prepared. These businesses care as much about animal welfare and environmental issues as we do, and offer an excellent service for high welfare meat products.

Supplies are always limited for this seasonal product; to order your Hogget, or to place your name on the early alert list for the next batch of Hogget or Mutton, please send an email directly to Donna: info@thehirsel.com.

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