What is the Mutton Renaissance?
The Mutton Renaissance is the campaign to restore high quality mutton to the menu while helping British sheep farmers to find a market for their older animals.
The Prince of Wales launched the campaignin 2004 to support British sheep farmers who were struggling to sell their older animals. He also wanted to help them in the event of a disaster similar to the Foot and Mouth crisis in 2001.
The campaign is run by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and the Pastoral Alliance and is sponsored by EBLEX and Hybu Cig Cymru (Meat Promotion Wales).
MUTTON AND RENAISSANCE MUTTON – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Mutton is the meat of a sheep over two years old. Often from unfinished cull ewes and slaughtered in line with religious beliefs most mutton is sold to the ethnic meat market, is lean and inexpensive.
Renaissance Mutton is high quality mutton from animals that have been carefully selected, finished and processed to achieve optimum flavour and an excellent eating experience. It must meet a specification to qualify as mutton promoted by the campaign.
The Renaissance Mutton season runs from October to March, when British lamb is out of season.
HOW DOES THE CAMPAIGN WORK?
The Pastoral Alliance looks after the agricultural side and the Academy encouragesits chef members to put mutton on the menu while we all work hard to bring together all parts of the supply chain.
With the Prince of Wales its patron, the Mutton Renaissance Club was launched in 2006 to promote the campaign and consolidate the supply chain through events held around the country during the season.