Welcome to our Lambscape.
Securing the future of farming, and a way of life
that's several millennia old.
Our farmers are proud of the work they do and the role they play in shaping the landscape around us. Lamb has long been regarded as a national favourite and is all the more precious when you consider the important role it plays in the preservation of our rich and varied landscape.
European sheep farming is among the most sustainable in the world, this comes down to our temperate climate and varied terrain. From mountainous regions to deep valleys and vast grasslands, sheep farming thrives in areas often not viable for cultivation, so it doesn’t take land away from valuable crop production. The wide variety of sheep breeds we have in Europe are all reared to the highest quality standards. These breeds can adapt well to different weather conditions and landscapes which allows poor quality land to be put to good use.
Sheep farming helping to protect the environment
Sheep and lambs get most of their nutritional needs from grazing on naturally occurring grass which they convert into high-grade protein for us to eat. By grazing sheep on meadowlands it is good for the environment too. It helps permanent grasslands to pull in carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the soil. It also preserves precious resources like water quality and overall helps farms reduce their energy consumption.
Shaping our landscape
In rugged areas of the countryside sheep farming protects the soil against both flooding and erosion and helps reduce the risk of fire spread in summer. Sheep grazing supports the countryside in other ways too. Without it, abandoned pastures would over time turn to forest and the countryside would be less accessible to us all. Upland areas in particular benefit hugely from being grazed by sheep.
Sheep farming also brings economic benefits to rural areas. It provides employment and builds communities. It brings in tourists, and most importantly it allows us all to appreciate our glorious hills and mountains.
Working towards sustainable production
European sheep farmers also play their part in protecting the biodiversity of the countryside and understand the importance of sustainable food production.
In an initiative to underpin Ireland’s sustainability endeavours, Bord Bia launched Origin Green, a voluntary programme which enables Irish farmers to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets – reducing environmental impact, serving local communities more effectively and protecting rich natural resources. For more information go to the Origin Green website.