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In the deep south of Chile and Argentina, at the same latitude as New Zealand, lies the splendid region of Patagonia. From the Magallanes in Chile to Santa Cruz and Chubut in Argentina, Patagonia covers over 1,140,000 km². Healthy fresh air, wide open spaces and poor soil characterise the beautiful landscape. British colonists from the Falkland Islands arrived in Patagonia in 1856. They discovered an ideal environment for their sheep and lambs to graze to their hearts’ content. The region is now doing a brisk trade in a high-quality product: Patagonian lamb.


Ovine are not indigenous to Patagonia. The Suffolk and Corriedale breeds were introduced by the British colonists. In the late 18th century, the Merino breed was introduced by the Spanish. Patagonian lambs are smaller than other breeds because they have the freedom to roam the vast landscape in search of a balanced diet. The lambs are virtually always on the move and, as a result, they are lean and in perfect condition.