Wilson Hellaby Lamb, Mount Wellington, New Zealand

Shaped by New Zealand's highly productive rolling lowlands and mild climate, Hellaby sources their beautiful lamb from small farms in the North Island of New Zealand. The long, even growing season of the North Island, and the purity of the environment delivers an abundance of lush pasture and clean water, giving the perfect combination for consistently tender, natural lamb, full of flavour and goodness. Our supplier works with family farmers who have a passionate commitment to farming a sustainable, natural product, caring for their animals and working in harmony with the wonderful natural resources that New Zealand provides. These farmers respect the land both today and for future generations, practicing intelligent management of all resources. New Zealand

Fabulous Facts About All New Zealand Lambs and Sheep

1. Tell me a little about what NZ sheep and lamb are fed.

New Zealand sheep are raised on their natural diet – grass – in their free-range natural environment – on the land. Pastoral farming is so successful in New Zealand because the temperate climate is ideal for growing grass. Grass grows well where the annual rainfall is about 40 – 60 inches (1000-1500mm) and when the temperature is above 43ºF/6ºC. Summer and winter in much of New Zealand are mild, so grass grows throughout the year. Sheep can be kept out of doors all year and need very little extra feed. Hay and silage (conserved grass) are sometimes used as supplementary feed for stock in winter. Grass-fed lamb is generally lower in fat content and so has a general healthy profile.

2. Are the pastures in New Zealand treated with any chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers?

In some areas of New Zealand, pastures maybe fertilized – for the same reason as you would ‘feed’ or fertilize a garden. If sheep are exposed to these chemicals, they are withheld from processing for a recommended time frame. New Zealand has strict national controls which monitors residues of agricultural and veterinary chemicals and environmental contaminants in food commodities.

3. Is New Zealand lamb fed anything other than pasture grasses?

If there is a drought and consequently there are no grasses/pastures for the sheep to graze on, then the sheep/lambs are supplemented with hay which is dried grasses.

4. What else is part of a New Zealand lamb’s diet?

Sheep and lamb from New Zealand is all fed on natural pasture or natural pasture cropping. New Zealand sheep and lamb are not grain fed.

5. Is New Zealand lamb administered antibiotics, hormones, chemicals or anything else of the like?

New Zealand lambs are not treated with hormones. It is illegal to use these substances in New Zealand. Antibiotics are only occasionally used therapeutically to treat sickness only and are only prescribed by a registered Veterinarian - all treated animals are subjected to withholding periods so the antibiotic clear naturally from their system before being allowed to re-enter the main flock.