Welsh cuisine is the cuisine of Wales. It has influenced, and been influenced, by other British cuisine. Beef and dairy cattle are raised widely. Sheep farming is extensive in the country and lamb is the meat traditionally associated with Welsh cooking, particularly in dishes such as roast lamb with fresh mint sauce. Welsh cooking often includes seafood, especially close to the coast, where fishing culture is strong and fisheries are common. This is exemplified by the use of cockles and laver in Welsh cuisine. The vegetable leek, because of its role as the country’s national vegetable, is also used frequently in Welsh cuisine.