Ovation Suckling

Suckling lamb is traditionally slow roasted, but can also be braised. Because of its mild flavor, it is often rubbed with olive oil and salt, plus one or two more other simple seasonings. These seasonings can include garlic, sweet paprika, lemon, fresh herbs (rosemary, sage, and/or thyme), and/or black pepper.

Moist, Tender, Succulent

Suckling lamb (aka sucking lamb, milk-fed lamb, cordero lechal) is a highly prized delicacy in Spain, France, and Italy. Most often slow roasted on the bone, suckling lamb meat is particularly moist, tender & succulent, with a mild flavor. It’s particularly associated with spring in Europe – especially Easter banquets, but is delicious year round. These whole lambs are sold cut into eight sections in the Spanish style. New potatoes are the most traditional side dish for roast suckling lamb. Try sauteing or roasting them in some of the rendered lamb fat!

Quick Facts

  • Species Name


  • Latin Name

    Ovis aries

  • Origin

    New Zealand

  • Harvest Method


  • Range & Habitat

    New Zealand

  • Producer

Year Round

Range & Habitat

about the fishery

Ovation Lamb

Ovation New Zealand Limited is an integrated lamb sourcing, slaughter, processing and exporting business striving to deliver consumers the world's best-quality lamb. We provide unique flavor profiles and the ultimate dining experience, supported by the best possible product shelf life and food safety standards.

Natural - We are firm believers that you are what you eat. That's why we keep things natural throughout our supply chain. Our farmers follow sustainable farming practices and raise our lambs in a pure and clean environment according to the rhythms of nature. Our product is minimally processed and contains no artificial ingredients. It's natural food, made the natural way.

Integrity - Ovation is made up of honest people with a real passion for farming and a commitment to produce the best lamb in the world. We're renowned for a consistent, high-quality product that's available all year round without fail It's open and honest communication, and trusted relationships that keep our supply and service possible.

Quality - Ovation lamb is a premium product that's been produced to suit an array of occasions, flavours and menus. Our products and packaging formats are varied to suit customers and tastes. What Ovation lamb never differs on is delivering the highest possible food safety standards. These assurances also mean that our lamb comes with the best possible shelf life.

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