Scotch Lamb PGI
Scotch Lamb PGI takes its quality and characteristics from a stress-free life grazing on the Scottish hills.
Over 80% of Scottish farmland is not suitable for growing cereals and vegetables but ideal for beef and lamb production. Our farmers follow certain practices to help them farm sustainably and produce the highest quality Scotch Lamb.
Production plays an important part in sustaining the diverse landscape for which Scotland is famed. Scotland’s hill livestock farmers typically farm both cattle and sheep, a mixed grazing system which benefits landscape biodiversity (Source: Scottish Natural Heritage). Grass grazed by livestock captures carbon dioxide from the air and stores it in the soil.
Farming also plays an important part in social sustainability with over 50,000 jobs depending on the Scottish red meat industry, often in fragile rural communities. Scottish livestock farms typically remain in the same family, allowing farming skills to be passed down through generations. This includes invaluable knowledge of the terrain and conditions, as well as animal care skills. Livestock production has played a key role in Scotland’s social heritage for centuries, with cattle farming remaining at the heart of rural communities throughout the country.