2017 Grass Fed Lamb

Lamb is available on a first to order basis in May. 

They are processed the first week of November.

You pick up your processed lamb the second week of November.

$6/pound hanging weight

Average lamb 60 lb hanging weight.

About our Livestock Management Program:

Genetics  Not just any livestock will perform well on grass.  In fact, most livestock these days has been bred over the last 3/4 century to perform well in a grain-finishing environment.  One of these animals will fall apart on an all grass diet.  Our heritage breed lambs come from genetic stock that has historically performed well on a 100% grass diet.

Minerals    Rather than feeding a mixed mineral to meet our animals micronutrient needs, we feed them minerals in a certified organic, cafeteria-style free-choice  Certified Organic minerals. 

 Ruminant animals have a truly amazing ability to know which minerals are lacking in their diet and eat them in the correct amounts. They get a super balanced mineral, and over the years, animals fed free-choice minerals remineralize the soil adding back the nutrients that are either naturally scarce, or have been farmed out of the topsoil by previous generations.  

Rotational Grazing Our livestock are  moved to new paddocks every day.frequent herd moves, accompanied by long periods of rest for each paddock mimic natural grassland systems in which large herds of ruminant animals (buffalo, for example) pack together tightly, move frequently, and do not return to the same grazing grounds for extended periods. 

Compared with the conventional practice of 'continuous grazing', where animals are turned out to a big pasture in the spring, then rounded up in the fall, rotational grazing, has tremendous benefits for soil and animal health, the environment, and results in delicious, flavorful, well-marbled grass-finished meat, not to mention awesome hay.

With rotational grazing, grasses are eaten or trampled to the soil surface, then the animals are moved away to new ground. Animals are packed densely, and so their manures are distributed evenly; not too thickly in any one area. Soils benefit by increased organic matter (plants and manure) reaching the soil surface to be incorporated into the soils.  This sequesters carbon by building living topsoil.  Trampling action by dense herds over a brief period aerates the soil without compacting it. Plants given ample time to recover from grazing send roots deep into the subsoil, pulling up otherwise unavailable minerals and micronutrients. Grasses benefit through the process of grazing followed by rest. As plants are initially grazed, they are stimulated to regrow. Given enough rest, they recover with more strength and resilience than before. Rotating livestock helps to break parasite and disease cycles, leading to naturally healthier animals.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Do you raise your own animals?

Our flock of sheep live year round on the farm with us. We began our flock in the early spring of 2014. Spring of 2017 is their third lambing season.

Where are the animals processed?

Your beef or lamb will be processed 100 yards from our pastures, across the street at Lower Valley Processing; a fourth generation local meat processor.

What are the health benefits of eating grass-fed & finished meat?

Grass-fed grass finished meat is very high in Omega-3 fatty acids, resulting in a very favorable Omega 6:Omega 3 ratio (about 1.3:1). Grass finished beef is generally a lean meat which is high in 'good' fat that benefit cholesterol levels (steric acid), and produce significant amounts of important fats such as EPA and DHA. Grass fed beef is also high in conjugated linoleic acids such as rumenic acid, which can only be found in ruminant animals with a grass-based diet. Conjugated linoleic acids are proving to be important and potent in cancer prevention.

Grass fed and finished beef is also high in antioxidant enzymes, vitamin E, and other important vitamins and minerals, such as B-Vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and beta-carotene. If you buy your meat from us, you will be eating a nutrient dense, super-food.

So you're saying eating grass fed meat is actually good the planet?

Yup. That's right.

Our pasture is a perennial crop, each year there is more topsoil there than the year before. Building soil in this way sequesters an amazing amount of carbon and nitrogen; an important part of reducing climate change. We use an incredibly minimal amount of fossil fuels to produce our meat. No tilling, no seeding, no spraying, no fertilizing (other than the very natural fertilizers provided by the animals, of course) no tractors, no combines. Just sunshine, grass, and healthy animals.

I'm not interested in buying a whole lamb, can I just buy some cuts?

We're sorry, but at this time we are not set up for selling cuts. As a young farm we are putting all our start up costs into building fence, purchasing livestock, and putting the infrastructure of our farm into place.

Can't I just try the lamb before investing in a whole animal?

We currently lack the facilities for a depot license that would allow for this. We hope to buy commercial freezers and have individual cuts available in the next five years.

What breeds do you raise?

Our lambs are Katadins. This is a “hair” sheep, specifically bred for meat, not wool. They shed their coats on their own. This breed also lacks a lanolin gland found in wool sheep. This means that their meat is much less "gamey" than many breeds. They are docile, and beautiful to watch as they graze.