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Eight reasons to put our premium lamb on your dinner table

Market LambsWe have four awesome, luscious lambs available for custom butcher.

Here’s why you should by our lamb.

  • We raise our lamb without antibiotics or other medications.
  • Our lambs are 100% locally cut alfalfa-fed.
  • We have shelter available ALL the time, so they can get out of the sun.
  • You get premium quality meat at farmer-direct prices
  • Our animals do not eat corn of any kind.
  • Our lambs for market are raised “au natural” meaning we don’t dock tails or testicles. That eliminates undo pain and stress.
  • You get a five-month-old animal that weighs at least 100 lbs, perfect growth rate for tender meat.
  • We deliver your animal to the processor at no extra charge.

Our lambs are $200 per animal. Your butcher/cut and wrap cost is $73 (paid to Custom Meat Shop).

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Alfalfa in big bales only this time

What a shock when I called our regular alfalfa supplier for an update on this year’s hay. You know it’s been way dry when nobody could bale 100# three string bales. Everything in the valley went into big bales (1300 pound average). These suckers are about 4 ft by 3 ft by 8 ft… way to big to fit into our little tractor bucket.

Hmm, what to do…

We could try to find another supplier, but that would mean cash up front, and no guarantee as to quality. Not a good idea.

We could put our big girl pants on and deal with it. Great idea! We have a tractor that we can use to move the loose hay around.

So, Steve brought us 8 big bales, the minimum his squeeze could handle. The bales averaged 1320# each, so that’s a little over 5 tons at $220/ton.

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Rough start to lambing season

After a warm winter, with very little precipitation, either rain or snow, right at the start of lambing season, winter has returned.

Our season began prematurely when the gal who gave us quads last year, had a nearly full-sized, but underdeveloped baby, followed by another clearly aborted. Next up is a really wooly gal, who had a single boy. He’s a big boy, but being a single, he will be a market lamb.

Another ewe we bought last year had twins with our help. I had to lightly pull on the head as it was fully exposed, with one foot. For whatever reason, the ewe just wasn’t pushing effectively. By grasping the head at the back of the neck, I was able to apply enough pressure that when she contracted, the lamb remained in position, rather than slipping back into the birth canal.

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You know you don’t know sheep when…

As I’ve said before, Mom, Bev, and Cindy are from an island in Lake Erie. Both Bev and Cindy were police officers, and many years ago, Mom owned a fish business on the mainland. Bev had also grown up on family farms with some sheep and harness horses. When they decided to move to Beryl, it was going to life-changing… just how life-changing was yet to be discovered.

Shari moved here from Oregon. She at least had some “agri-business” background, having grown up in the Portland suburbs, and later in western Washington County, where she raised rabbits commercially and also owned a USDA-inspected rabbit processing facility. She joined the party in Utah in late 2006, shortly after the others acquired their first lambs.

Around here, most folks have livestock of some sort. They either have chickens, sheep, goats, cows or horses. Only a few are truly retirees,

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  • Goats helping photographer
    Hey, we'd love to help you take your pictures.
  • Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014
    Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014.
  • Cindy feeding Chaffhaye
  • working in the kitchen
    Bev recording milk weights, Shari stirring the Cajeta
  • The first two little doelings.
    The first two little doelings.
  • Mom with Thor
    Mom is cuddling our new buckling, Thor.
  • cargo trailer
    Our Farmer's Market cargo trailer.
  • Hand digging trench
    Shari pitches in and digs up broken water line.

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