Prince has mut­ton in mind with new plans

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

Prince Charles is plan­ning to turn the Queen’s San­dring­ham es­tate into the coun­try’s lead­ing or­ganic sheep farm.

The am­bi­tious scheme would see the num­ber of sheep kept on the pri­vate es­tate in Nor­folk in­crease five-fold to 15,000.

The Prince of Wales took over the man­age­ment of the 20,000-acre Nor­folk es­tate, where the Roy­als spend Christ­mas, last year.

He wants to boost the es­tate’s prof­itabil­ity and also be­lieves in­creas­ing the flock from the cur­rent 3,000 sheep would im­prove the qual­ity of the soil.

And his ven­ture could be lu­cra­tive as de­mand for lamb has in­creased and its price reached £6 per kilo­gram last May.

The Prince has cam­paigned for wool to be­come more pop­u­lar and also launched the Mut­ton Re­nais­sance ini­tia­tive in 2004.

His web­site states he has “long been sen­si­tive to the plight of sheep farm­ers in this coun­try and abroad.”

A source said: “The over­all aim is to make San­dring­ham one of the coun­try’s lead­ing or­ganic sheep farms.”

Prince Charles al­ready runs the Duchy Home Farm at High­grove and has trans­formed the for­tunes of Dum­fries House in Scot­land.

Last year the Duke of Ed­in­burgh pro­duced Bri­tain’s first crop of black truf­fles at San­dring­ham.

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