Freezer Lamb for Sale
What Makes Critterhaven Lamb So Special?
Critterhaven raises a rare breed of hair sheep called Barbados Blackbelly.
Having no wool (and thus no lanolin) to taint the flavor of the meat
ensures that blackbelly lamb never tastes "muttony." Blackbelly
lamb is an exceptionally mild-flavored, lean meat guaranteed to please
even those folks who say they "don't like lamb."
When are lambs available?
Blackbelly ewes breed throughout the year, making it easy to time our
lambings to meet your needs. But blackbelly sheep are a small breed
and take longer to grow to freezer-lamb weight. Therefore to ensure
that your lamb is ready when you need it, we need lots of advance notice—it
takes at least 12 months from the time a ewe is bred to bring a lamb
to your table! The wait is worth it, however, and once you taste blackbelly
lamb, you’ll be happy to wait for more!
How much does it cost?
When you buy Critterhaven lamb, you actually purchase the live animal. WE DO NOT SHIP. We can help arrange for an on-farm slaughterer and you can hire him to skin, dress, and transport the carcass to a local meat processor.
Critterhaven sheep breed year-round but we have only a limited number of lambs available. To ensure that we will have a lamb when you need it, we recommend you reserve your lamb by placing a $100 deposit on it.
How much meat is on a lamb?
As a good rule of thumb, the amount of cut and wrapped meat you get
is about 45-50% of the animal's live weight. Therefore, a 100-lb lamb
will, on average, provide 45-50 lb of packaged meat, depending on your
choice of cuts.
How will my lamb be packaged?
You can decide what cuts you want and how much meat goes into each package. Here is a typical bundle of whole lamb for a total weight of about 40 pounds:
Can I purchase sausage?
Local butchers will make sausage and smoked sausage sticks but usually require that the entire carcass be devoted to sausage. Call for details.
Do I have room to store the meat?
Yes. A typical refrigerator freezer compartment holds 2 or 3 lamb bundles. Each bundle requires less than 1½ cubic feet of space.
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