100% Grassfed and Finished Lamb
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Our lamb is produced entirely on grass. Currently we sell a whole lamb package direct to consumer but you can visit us at any of our farmers market locations and purchase this wonderful lean meat by the cut. We are currently working on ways to extend our season and offer lamb year round.
In order to produce the healthiest and tastiest lamb possible, we chose the Katahdin breed. Katahdins are hair sheep – they do not produce wool – and actually shed their hair at the end of each winter. They are also bred to do well on pasture without grain supplementation. Below are the elements and benefits of our production system, but don’t take our word for it… come out and see for yourself!
- Our lambs are Katahdin hair sheep bred to do well on a grass only diet, without shearing, tail docking and foot trimming.
- We utilize a management-intensive grazing system in which the sheep are moved daily onto fresh pasture and aren’t returned to that same pasture until it has had time to recover completely. The result is a method that promotes fertile soils and eliminates erosion.
- The only feed supplement our sheep receive are natural free-choice minerals and sea kelp to increase fertility and general health.
- There are no added grains, antibiotics or hormones used in the production of our lamb.
- Lamb produced using only grass contains higher levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLAs) than conventional grain fed lamb. Omega-3s and CLAs have been linked to reduced risk of heart disease, some cancers and adult onset diabetes.
- Sheep are prevented from grazing on wetlands or near water sources, reducing potential for polluting.
- We sell locally – most lamb sold in the U.S. comes from New Zealand!
- Lamb is dry-aged for a few days before processing to ensure tenderness.
|Maple Wind Lamb||Conventional Lamb|
|No vaccinations||Vaccinations (immuno-depressant)|
|Late spring lambing||Winter lambing — stress|
|No antibiotics or growth hormones||Daily doses of antibiotics & hormones|
|Compost and natural soil amendments||Chemical fertilizers|
|Complete prevention of access to wetlands||Generally unlimited access to ponds and streams — fecal contamination|
|Forest fenced out — biodiversity encouraged||Inappropriate grazing areas — forest and steep hillsides|
|Forage feeding — permanent ground cover; no chemicals or tillage||Grain feeding — expensive, erosive
|Forage fattened — fat outside muscle and lower saturated fat||Grain fattened — fat inside muscle (marbling) and high saturated fat|
|Local transportation — produced, processed and sold locally||Long distance transport — most lamb sold in the U.S. comes from New Zealand|