Much like our beef, our lamb is completely grass fed and finished.
In fact, it’s exactly like our beef. We run our sheep and cattle in the same herd; their grazing styles compliment each other as the sheep often prefer forages that cattle turn up their noses at. This combined grazing system leaves the pastures evenly “mowed” and stimulates the growth better. It also greatly reduces the risk of parasites for all animals involved, because most parasites are species specific and die off when multiple types of livestock are moving across the same land. This is just one more way our herds are able to thrive under the organic practices we work with.
Grass fed lamb receives all the same benefits as grass fed beef in omega-3s and beta carotene, and sheep, just like cows, are ruminant animals that thrive on forage alone.
At Moonlight Ranch, we’re fans of our lamb. Like, big fans. We find the flavor to be delicate and mild, unlike a lot of the more “muttony” meat we’ve encountered. We attribute this mostly to the breed we raise, American Blackbellies.
We like this breed for a lot of reasons, not just their superior flavor. They are excellent mothers, naturally resistant to disease and parasites, and hearty foragers. While many sheep breeds balk at anything but grass, these sheep prefer common weeds, bushes, and blackberry brambles. This is great for the land and for developing the subtle flavors in the meat.
Lamb is harvested in the same way as beef: once, in the fall, at the farm they were raised on.
2022 lamb harvest will take place in October.
Contact us now to secure your portion for pick up in the fall for $9/lb hanging weight plus butcher fees.
Lamb is sold “on the hoof” in whole or half portions. Keep in mind that American Blackbellies are a smaller breed of sheep, so they average close to 40-50 lbs hanging weight as opposed to other breeds that you might be more familiar with.