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Langley Chase Mutton Wins Gold at Prestigious National Organic Food Awards

    • Langley Chase Organic Farm’s rare breed Manx Loaghtan mutton wins Gold in the Meat Category at the National Organic Food Awards

    • Food lovers can enjoy this award winning, luxurious, dark and gamey meat by ordering direct from the farm via its website: www.langleychase.co.uk

    • Shepherdess Jane Kallaway at Langley Chase Organic Farm has now won 17 National Organic Food Awards for her specialist, rare breed, lamb, hogget and mutton

    • Top chefs including Mark Hix and Rick Stein have praised Langley Chase Organic farm for its produce.

    Pictures: From the awards: http://bit.ly/1f3FMiI
    Film: Langley Chase’s striking multi-horned rare breed sheep: http://bit.ly/lcof-film

    Langley Chase Organic Farm, Chippenham, Wiltshire, has won Gold in the Meat Category at the National Organic Food Awards for its rare breed Manx Loaghtan Mutton.

    TV celebrity, writer, comedian and Food Awards Judge, Hardeep Singh Kohli, presented the awards at a ceremony in London on 19 September.

    Langley Chase Organic Farm (www.langleychase.co.uk) has won 17 National Organic Food Awards for its Manx Loaghtan lamb, hogget and mutton.  The top chefs such as Mark Hix, Rick Stein have praised this luxurious dark and gamey meat for its outstanding taste and texture. 

    Langley Chase Mutton is proving exceptionally popular, winning Gold for a third year in a row.  Mutton, a meat that was once praised in Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management written 1861 as “the meat most generally used in families” - was once part of the UK’s staple diet, but suffered a dramatic decline after the Second World War as food fashions moved towards lamb. Today, despite still being a rarity on most menus, chefs and food lovers are rediscovering the delights of this versatile and tasty meat.  Langley Chase enables people to enjoy the very best mutton in the UK.  To help those new to mutton, the farm has created a wide range of recipes delivered with every order.   

    Langley Chase Organic Farm, in Chippenham, Wiltshire, run by Mrs Jane Kallaway, exclusively rears Manx Loaghtan sheep, a striking four-horned primitive rare breed. Jane’s produce has won 17 National Organic Food Awards.

    All produce is raised on the family farm’s species rich wildflower and hay meadows – giving the meat its distinctive taste and succulent flavour and providing traceability from the farm to the customer’s door.

    The National Organic Food Awards, run by the Soil Association, supported by Seeds of Change, is recognised as the premier competition of its kind in the UK with major retailers to small specialist producers taking part.   

    Mrs Jane Kallaway said: “I am delighted that our rare breed organic mutton has won Gold again.  It is particularly thrilling to have our produce judged against the other top retailers and farmers in the UK and found to be among the best in the country.  To be consistently highly judged at the Awards over the last 15 years is a testimony to our careful approach to animal welfare and pasture management.  The awards also mean that our customers can know that they are enjoying some of the best tasting meat in the UK, reared to the highest standards.”

    Helen Browning, chief executive of the Soil Association said: “This year’s Organic Food Award winners prove there is even more to their products than fantastic taste. Organic food producers champion health, and new solutions to the challenge of caring for people, farm animals and wildlife, while feeding an ever growing population. I am thrilled that there were so many entries this year, reflecting recent research showing an overall return to growth in the organic market. The judges were often hard-pressed to make a decision in many categories as the quality was so high.” 

    Praise for Langley Chase Organic Lamb and Mutton:

    Rick Stein:  “Langley Chase Organic Farm is one my favourite sources for organic lamb”
    Mark Hix: “Langley Chase Organic Lamb is delicious and tender with a little hint of game”
    Hardeep Singh Kohli:  “You can taste the love in great food and you can taste it in Langley Chase’s organic mutton”

    Langley Chase produce can be bought online at www.langleychase.co.uk or from the farm by appointment.  Contact the farm on post@langleychase.co.uk or call 01249 750 095.

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    Further information

    Jane Kallaway at Langley Chase Organic Farm on post@langleychase.co.uk or call 01249 750 095.
    Pictures: From the awards: http://bit.ly/1f3FMiI
    Film: Langley Chase’s striking multi-horned rare breed sheep: http://bit.ly/lcof-film

    About Langley Chase Organic Farm’s awarding winning Lamb and Mutton
    Langley Chase’s Manx Loaghtan sheep grow slowly and naturally on the farm’s wildflower pastures and herb rich meadows, the hay is home grown. This simple, natural, system enables the farm’s lambs to mature at their own pace and gives them their award winning taste.

    The farm sells its produce to food lovers across the UK via its website – www.langleychase.co.uk. The website details all aspect of farm management and flock production, enabling people to find out exactly how their sheep are raised. Regular open days are held and the farm has an active education programme enabling school children and adults to learn more about organic farming. Other visitors to the farm have included the BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme, BBC World Service and BLUE PETER.

    Healthy Organic Meat
    The Manx Loaghtan is significantly healthier than commercially reared lamb. The Scottish Agricultural College found the Manx Loaghtan to be 23 per cent lower in fat and almost 10 per cent lower in cholesterol than commercial breeds. Full details at: www.langleychase.co.uk/healthy-meat.htm

    The Importance of Rare Breeds

    One breed of farm animal becomes extinct every month around the world, according to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. In the UK, industrialised farming has discarded those breeds that don't fit with commercial production. Between 1900 and 1973 the UK lost 26 native breeds of livestock, according to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. The result is a farming system centred around a handful of animal breeds, crops and vegetables - with some traditional breeds, like the Manx Loaghtan, at risk. Shoppers purchasing rare breed meat help keep rare breeds alive by assisting in the economic viability of farms rearing rare breed animals, thus helping these farms to keep going and increasing the number of rare breeds animals and helping others taste these fantastic breeds and plants and become interested in our faming heritage.

    About the Manx Loaghtan Breed
    The Manx Loaghtan is one of the oldest and most striking breeds of sheep in the UK. Termed 'a primitive rare breed' it is classed as 'at risk' by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. The Manx Loaghtan (pronounced Manx Lockton) is fine boned and late maturing, producing a meat with distinctive taste and flavour. The Manx Loaghtan is a hardy mountain sheep, with impressive horns and a dark brown fleece. Four horned rams are particularly striking. The breed has been around unchanged since the Iron Age. Traditionally the Manx was thought to have been introduced into the UK by the Vikings, but bone records from archaeological sites indicate the Manx was probably already here and probably pre-dates Viking invasions. The breed takes its name from the colour of its fleece, derived from two Manx words Lugh (mouse) and Dhoan (brown) or from Lhost dhoan(burnt brown). The lambs are born jet black acquiring the distinctive fleece by the time they are weaned. The Manx Loaghtan used to exist in high numbers on the Isle of Man and across the UK. However by the 1950s there were only a handful left. Today, as with many rare breeds, it is found in a few small flocks around the UK. Find out more here:

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