The Last Food of England
Swaledale sheep at home in Swaledale: this is one of the hardiest breeds around, widely distributed on the moors and mountain tops of Northern England. Both sexes have horns. 'Look at a ewe's forehead,' I was told by an owner 'if it is not well covered in hair, she won't stand the weather up here in winter.' They provide commercial crosses and a small, select carcass, which is valued in certain areas: the demand for lamb and mutton is as complex as the supply. A few Yorkshire farmers sell heather fed meat. A few of us hunt it down.

North of England September 2004