Shortly after winning her Silver Award at the Farming Awards, Lavinton Lamb founder Sophie Arlott was interviewed on the Lincolnshire Farming programme on Radio Lincolnshire, on Sunday 25 October.
The presenter, Alan Stennett, asked Sophie in a phone interview about how and why she first started her business – to share the amazing flavour of Southdown lamb with the public; and the economic decision of mixing her breeds – Cheviot, Lleyn, Romney, Hebridean (always British). She explained how she plans her lambing carefully to supply restaurants throughout as much of the year as possible, with the right flavour for the right season, and also talks about using various pastures around her farm, including the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust pastures with their wildflowers, which are ideal for Hebridean sheep as browsers, rather than grazers.
Sophie talked about how Sat Bains was one of her earlier supporters, and always uses local and British producers. Sat recently topped a list of top British restaurants as voted by readers of The Sunday Times and compiled by Hardens Guides.
She says she wants to grow her flock to 250-300 sheep; make further inroads into the London market; and develop that secret cross which she mentioned earlier this year in the Country Living article.
You can listen to the programme here. It will be available until 23 November 2015.