EU protected status for famous Cumbrian sheep

The famous Lakeland Herdwick meat has been granted protected status by the European Union, putting it in the same league as champagne and Parma ham.

Lakeland Herdwick meat granted protected status

Lakeland Herdwick sheep Credit: ITV News Border

The famous Lakeland Herdwick meat has been granted protected status by the European Union, putting it in the same league as champagne and Parma ham.

The new status means that meat can only be described as Lakeland Herdwick if it comes from the Herdwick breed and was born, raised and slaughtered in the county of Cumbria.

The special breed are native to the central and western Lake District, and live on the highest of England's mountains.

They are renowned for their hardiness and are managed in the traditional way.

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