Lamb produced in the Cambrian Mountains has become the latest Welsh food to be granted protected status in the UK following Brexit.

The meat has been registered under the Geographical Indication scheme, intended to ensure popular and traditional products from across the UK are recognised for their authenticity and origin.

The mark is similar to the EU protected status scheme, which preserves the geographical origin of food items like Halloumi, Parma ham and Champagne.

Cambrian Mountains lamb has been recognised for the way it is produced using the “Hafod a Hendre” system of farming, which dates back to the Middle Ages.

The animals grow at a naturally slow pace while grazing in the hills and mountains during the summer and autumn.

The lamb matures over more than 16 weeks, before being sold to customers, and it follows Gower Salt Marsh lamb which was the first meat to be given the label.

There are now 91 GIs registered from across the UK – 81 agricultural products, five wines and five spirit drinks.

Huw Davies from Aberdauddwr Farm and a member of the producer group said: “We are really pleased to achieve this UK GI status; in recognition of the unique product, we produce in these hills which is the ‘Cambrian Mountains Lamb’.

"Having UKGI status, I hope the consumer will be able to enjoy Cambrian Mountains Lamb for many years to come.”

Secretary of state for Wales Simon Hart said: "Following the awarding of protected status to Gower Salt Marsh lamb during the summer, this latest announcement highlights, once again, the quality of Welsh lamb and is testament to the skill of those who produce it.

"Guaranteeing the authenticity of Welsh food and drink helps cement our reputation for quality both at home and in new international markets."

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