Producing hogget and mutton instead of lamb is allowing John Atkinson and his partner Maria Benjamin to match their production system with the land’s capabilities. The couple are also achieving big premiums of up to £9/kg by developing different sales outlets for their produce. The farm, at Nibthwaite Grange Farm, Cumbria, has 425 mainly Lairg-type Cheviot ewes and 20 rare breed Castlemilk Moorit ewes. The land largely consists of the Lake District fells surrounding Coniston, with some lowland grazing. This can mean that […]