On the idyllic island Eigerøy, outside Egersund, Tone and Magne Sæstad have wild sheep and traditional Norwegian cattle spread over 6000 acres of coastal heathland. They focus on breeds that can handle and utilize this unique and protected landscape. Their goal is to produce high-quality meat products based on old and endangered breeds.
Vestlands Raudkolle originates from South-West Norway and can handle this landscape well. In addition, Tone and Magne have bought some cattle from the breed Sidet Trønderfe. These old Norwegian breeds can live outside from the beginning of May to mid-October in this coastal climate, much like the wild sheep. At Eigerøy old Norwegian cattle is grazing alongside the original wild sheep along this unique coastline.
The coastal heathlands at Eigerøy are located in the sparse anorthosite landscape that was formed far below the earth’s surface 930 million years ago. The animals that graze south of Løyning make use of the heather, juniper and gras that clings to the so-called Håland anorthosite. It was formed 1 billion years ago and is the oldest anorthosite in Magma UNESCO Global Geopark.
For a taste of the unique high-quality traditional Norwegian meat, please contact Tone and Magne directly at Løyning Gård.