Grassfed Pastured Lamb
Our Grassfed Lambs grown for our customers in Eastern Washington and the greater Seattle area are Southdown / Texel cross and Suffolk / Hampshire cross, both of which are known to excel on pasture; this means we feed grass and only grass. Texel meat is #1 in muscle score, lean, tender and low in intra seam fat yielding a generous loin eye (lamb chops). With the Southdown influence our meat will have a wonderful mild flavor. Suffolk are recognized by their black face and have Southdown in their breeding history. The Hampshire also has Southdown in it’s breeding history and will yield a mild flavor.
Lamb is Lean:
On average, a 3-ounce serving of lamb has only 175 calories and meets the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) definition for lean. According to FDA guidelines, lean meat has less than 10 grams of fat, less than 4.5 grams of saturated fat, and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 100 grams (or 3.5 ounces).
Lamb is Nutrient Rich
Because lamb naturally contains many essential nutrients, it is an easy fit for healthy diets. On average, lamb is an excellent source of protein, vitamin B12, niacin, zinc, and selenium while still being a good source of iron and riboflavin. All of this within an average of 175 calories per 3-ounce serving makes lamb naturally nutrient-rich. Consistent with all offerings, our animals are never fed nor given antibiotics, growth hormones, steroids, stimulants or ionophores and our fields do not receive herbicides or pesticides bringing you a healthier product and a sustainable ranching operation.
All of our meats are sold by the live weight where you will receive approximately 50% of it as hanging weight; the actual meat you receive will be less due to the cutting away of the bones and fat. We are able to provide you with the average weight of a lamb for estimating purposes, but each animal is different, so your meat may be a little bigger or a little smaller, and your final price will reflect this. Calculated into the purchase price is the butchering fee, which you will pay directly to the butcher. Once your meat is ready, it can be picked up at the ranch or our affiliated office in Bellevue. We make it super easy to get clean, quality meats free of hormones, stimulants, antibiotics and ionophores.
Terminology: There are some incorrectly used terms when asking for pastured lamb. Sheep are over one year of age and lambs are less than one year. Mutton is from a sheep. Ewes are female sheep, Ram/Buck are in tact male sheep, Wethers are castrated male sheep. “Free range” is a term used primarily in the egg industry indicating a certain degree of non-confinement. The degree of confinement is the question which can vary a great deal. Our sheep are second only to our layers in the lack of confinement we provide. Our sheep generally stay in the vicinity of our ranch so they for the most part are free range animals except for spring birthing when we want them around to assist if needed. They have shelters which they can retreat to in order to escape adverse weather but we do not strictly contain them. We prefer the more open environment as long as they don’t wander too far afield. “Natural” is a term typically meaning farming and ranching using no chemical or manufactured products including synthetics and is a couple notches below our WSDA Certified Organic designation. The best way to see how freely ranging our animals are is to come for a visit which we strongly encourage.