It’s not often that Britain’s rare livestock breeds make the news, but then North Ronaldsay sheep are so distinctive and unique that they deserve a bit of media fuss. If you’ve never seen a North Ronaldsay (or even heard of them), then let me introduce you to these remarkable little island survivors. As the name suggests, these slender primitive-looking sheep originate from wild and windswept North Ronaldsay, the most northerly island of the Orkney archipelago. Their meat is tasty, lean and gamey with a flavor not unlike wild duck and it’s got a brilliant reputation among some of the best gourmets in the business.
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