Hebridean Hogget & 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 of hogget and mutton for you and your family, made from our own native breed Hebrideans.

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. And with increasing awareness of how our food choices affect our planet, you can be sure that, by purchasing native breed Hebridean meat raised on a nature-friendly farm like the Hirsel and processed locally in the Highlands, you’re doing your part to shop ethically and sustainably.

Our a la carte selection

We now have a freezer full of 2022-season hogget and mutton. Butchered by Macbeth’s in Forres, and and Highland Prime in Fearn, it’s available to purchase by individual cuts.

****With the cost-of-living crisis affecting all of us, from growers to processers to customers, we’ve had to raise our prices too. But it’s important to us that our community continues to be able to afford to serve locally produced, healthy food to their families. So we’ve set our prices as close to ‘supermarket’ level as we can, taking our cue from Lidl’s rates. We cannot match them, as we are supplying meat from a breed that epitimizes the phrase ‘slow grown’, meaning they are at least 18 months old when they go to the abattoir, and longer for mutton, while commercial lamb goes at 6 months. This means we’ve put an additional year into feeding and caring for our animals, which must be reflected in our prices. We hope you understand, and keep coming back to us, so we can keep supplying our community, too.****

Hogget or Mutton

£13.00 per kilo, any cut:

Shoulder, rolled or on the bone

Leg on the bone



Mince or Diced (2 per order, while supplies last)

£7.00 per kilo: Shank (and flank, when available)

Ordering, Pick up and Delivery

  • Orders can be placed via email: info@thehirsel.com.
  • 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 upon pick up.
  • 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.
Highland Butcher
A happy customer, ready to DIY-butcher his 2018 hogget.

By the way…

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 for butchering to Macbeth’s in Forres and then directly back to us, or to Highland Prime in Fearn, where they are butchered and sold in-shop. 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, please send an email directly to Donna: info@thehirsel.com.

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