New Zealand is known for the best lamb in the world 
and so it has become a chief exporter of lamb products around the globe.

is your source for information about New Zealand Lamb.
Why is New Zealand Lamb different? 

New Zealand lamb is raised naturally all year round on lush green pastures in the New Zealand countryside. Like Australian lamb, it is rich in nutrients, so just a small portion contains a high concentration of vitamins and minerals, which are essential for maintaining your health 

  • Lamb from New Zealand is high in protein, B vitamins, zinc and iron, all of which are necessary for a healthy, balanced diet. At the same time, it also is relatively low in calories, fat and cholesterol. In fact, lamb can be included in a diet designed to lower blood cholesterol.

A four ounce serving of New Zealand Lamb provides:

  •   At least 25 percent of protein (Recommended Daily Allowance)
  •   All essential amino acids
  •   About 0.2 ounces saturated fat and 0.14 ounces of polyunsaturated fat
  •   About 50 mg of cholesterol
  •   About 220 Kcal of energy
  •   A rich source of B vitamins, especially B12 and niacin
  •   A good source of iron and zinc

​In New Zealand, sheep are classified very specifically, not all sheep is considered lamb. The breakdown is as follows:

  •   Lamb — a young sheep under 12 months of age which does not have any permanent incisor teeth in wear
  •   Hogget — a sheep of either sex having no more than two permanent incisors in wear
  •   Mutton — a female (ewe) or castrated male (wether) sheep having more than two permanent incisors in wear.

Where can I get New Zealand Lamb?

There are many exporters of New Zealand lamb as well as many local farms which can provide for all of your sheep's meat needs. Below is a list of sites which can provide you with more information about New Zealand Lamb including how and where to get it, more about the farmers who grow it and the answers to nearly any question any person could have about sheep products coming from that region of the world:

  • is the premier farmer-owned industry organization for New Zealand beef and lamb. Their site is bursting with valuable information about industry progress, national and international events, farming, marketing and data/analysis.

  • is one of the top full service exporters of New Zealand Lamb. They are certified free-range as well as hormone and steroid free. They provide custom cuts all across the world and have been operating since 1882. 

  • is a supplier of New Zealand and Australian meat products to the United States. Carrying the finest lamb products from both nations under its own private label, Linnane & Co. has been servicing Americans desire for quality meat from coast to coast.

  • NZ Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. From their web site: "Our mission is to enhance New Zealand’s natural advantage. We do this by: encouraging high-performing sectors; developing safe and freer trade; ensuring healthy New Zealanders; and by protecting our natural resources for the benefit of future generations" 
Related Groups and Associations
The groups and sites listed within the link are closely associated with the meat industry in New Zealand. Some are members of the Meat Industry Association of New Zealand.

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