Langley Chase Organic
Farm Wins Best Organic Lamb In Britain For Second Year At
03 November 2004: Langley Chase Organic
Farm, Chippenham, has won Britain's Best Organic Lamb for
a second year in a row at the prestigious national Organic
Food Awards, run by the Soil Association. The farm won the
same award in 2003.
Langley Chase rears rare breed, Manx Loghtan sheep and beat
far larger producers and retailers to win the competitive
lamb category. Soil Association Director Patrick Holden and
food writer Sophie Grigson presented Mrs Jane Kallaway with
the award at a ceremony at Sheep Drove Organic Farm on November
Langley Chase's year lamb was also highly commended.
Top TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Giorgio Locatelli
and Darina Allen were among the distinguished judges who decided
the winners in a wide-range of categories and from a 1000
Judges said Langley Chase organic lamb was "An excellent
example of balance in texture, flavour and depth, a clean,
clear taste with a lovely fat covering."
Mrs Jane Kallaway said: "This is a tremendous accolade
from such respected critics and we are very pleased. The award
recognises what our customers' demand - delicious, organic
meat produced in a traceable manner. It is a great testament
to our natural and slow rearing methods and our unremitting
focus on welfare and quality.
Langley Chase Organic Farm rears striking,
multi-horned, Manx Loghtan sheep. A primitive breed thought
to have been introduced into the UK by the Vikings. The meat
is distinctively tasty - award winningly so for Langley Chase
Manx Loghtans - and is also lower in fat and cholesterol*
than commercial breeds making it a healthy organic choice.
Since the 2003 win the farm has expanded its offering and
now sells organic lamb sausages, organic cured sheep skins
as well as its butchered to order lamb.
The farm has a growing number of customers throughout the
west country and nationally who use the farm's detailed website
to place orders and find out about the farm's management methods
and its rare breed Manx Loghtans.
The farm has also expanded its educational open days and local
schools now regularly visit the farm to learn about organic
husbandry and meet the sheep. The farms pond is being
extended to create larger wildlife zones and it has started
a programme of traditional hedge laying to create natural
wildlife corridors around the farm.
The win is the fourth year the farm's lamb has secured success
at the Awards. Langley Chase came first in 2003 and in 2002
and 2001 the farm won second and third place respectively.
The farm has been included in the BBC book Rick Stein's Guide
To The Food Heroes of Britain and The River Cottage Meat Book
by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The farm has had lamb reviewed
by top chefs including Mark Hix, Chef Director of the acclaimed
Lambs are available from autumn onwards each year and are
sold either whole or half. A whole lamb weighs approximately
13kg, (29lbs). Goods can be collected from the farm, with
prior appointment or delivered direct to the customer's door
anywhere in the UK.
Mrs Jane Kallaway
with her Best Organic Lamb Award