I’m now on my third Shetland Wool Week, and very much enjoying Shetland’s unique wool and heritage, the usual warm welcome from the people, and meeting other Shetland wool enthusiasts who have travelled from all around the world to be here.
This year I’ve stayed on for the North Atlantic Native Sheep and Wool Conference. Yesterday we had a most interesting trip to the mart and abattoir. It was great to hear how the community has been able to ensure Shetland islanders can easily obtain locally produced meat, especially meat from pure Shetland hill sheep with all its undisputed health benefits and ‘good’ fatty acids due to the diet of the sheep. I have to say that eating the very tasty hill lamb is one of my treats when I visit.
I was not the only person on the tour to be shocked and saddened to hear that Shetland hill lamb isn’t a part of school meals in Shetland. I don’t know what’s behind this decision, but for a place that so obviously cares about its children, their future and the future of Shetland, I can’t understand them being denied the best that Shetland has to offer in their school meals.