Our predominantly Katahdin lambs are born here on our land and spend their days enjoying the rich and wholesome pastures with the rest of their extended family. Our farm has never been sprayed with chemicals nor have our animals ever been fed grains or hormones. We believe in raising our animals humanely, with dignity and regard for life. Just as nature intends, our sheep are on pasture with access to shelter all year round providing each lamb the proper nutrition and important microbes & antibodies for good health, vitality, and a peaceful life which makes for the most delicious meat you can hope to find.
Our sheep are a vital piece of our holistic stewardship of our family land. As the sheep move to fresh pasture every day they leave behind nutrients to nourish the soil and all that lives in the soil. As the soil is fed and the grass is trimmed by the grazing animals, the land grows stronger in it’s nutrient capacity, it’s ability to retain moisture, and the ability to draw down the carbon from the atmosphere to grow better grass. The sheep play an indispensable role in restoration agriculture, they have very important jobs while they live on our family farm.
Grass-fed and grass finished also means a healthy choice for your family because it is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and beta-carotene, and typically lower in fat than grain-fed meat. Our flock has daily access to mineral supplements and kelp, which helps to keep them healthy and strong but it also passes these critical micronutrients on to your family dinner table when you purchase meat from The Tikkun Homestead. (See some of our favorite lamb recipes here)
Animals raised on pasture live very low-stress and peaceful lives. As a result of their excellent nutrition and lack of stress, they are very healthy which means that when you eat grass fed lamb you are eating food that is nutritious, wholesome, and delicious. New Zealand and Australian sheep are what is typically found in the grocery store, but ours are quite different. Store bought lamb often taste very strong and gamey because they are bred primarily for their wool not their meat and then they are transported half way around the globe before it arrives in your local store. Besides, locally raised meats will always be fresher and taste better!
Our lambs are born in the early spring when their mamas move out to fresh spring grass, and they spend their entire lives on pasture. We process our lamb at around 11 to 13 months of age, making our fresh lamb available during the winter months. We sell our lamb by the half or by the whole, giving you the opportunity to instruct the butcher regarding how you’d like your cuts and packages assembled. We are happy to walk you through the ordering process if you’ve not purchased your meat this way before. Please contact us quickly to get on the list for this years lamb! We sell out fast every year!