Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Like lambs to the slaughter

This is not “like” lambs to slaughter, it IS lambs to the slaughter.

Five ram lambs whet to the butcher shop the Tuesday after thanksgiving.

These five were sold to six different customers. Two people split the largest one.

We picked up three of them today, including the big one with two owners.

One of these is in our freezer here at the farm so that the lady that bought it can pick it up at her leisure. She has an intense job that made it impossible for her to get it during the week.

We still have eight market lambs left. Any that have not been sold before the Dec 16 livestock sale go to auction then.

7 comments:

The Food Lady said...

Those are some great looking carcasses! : ) Do you slaughter on the farm, or does your processer do it all?

Nice job, hope you sell the rest before the sale.

Cheryl said...

Good luck on selling the rest of your lambs. I've never actually tried lamb myself...just out of the budget. Maybe I'll get to raise my own some day. Right now I figure I'll start with chickens, and work my way up. (Assuming I pass the chicken test and don't end up paying the butcher 3 bucks a bird to kill them for me...I'm hoping I'm not that much of a sissy!)

Alan said...

Howdy Mr. Warmke.

I recently came across your blog more or less by accident, but I'm delighted to find you just the same. You're about as far east of Gainesville as I am west of it. It's great to find someone doing pastured poultry and if you have any left in your January batch I'm in the market.

Great to see another homesteader/small scale farmer in the area.

.....Alan.

Alan said...

Howdy Mr. Warmke.

I recently came across your blog more or less by accident, but I'm delighted to find you just the same. You're about as far east of Gainesville as I am west of it. It's great to find someone doing pastured poultry and if you have any left in your January batch I'm in the market.

Great to see another homesteader/small scale farmer in the area.

.....Alan.

Chicken Mama said...

Well, if I'd read the posts in chronological order, I would have known they were meat sheep. But I'm still curious about what breed(s) you raise and how you get the word out and find buyers.

jimWarmke said...

Mostly I find buyers by talking to folks while I sell eggs at the farmers market.

I put a tri-fold flyer in each carton of eggs that promotes meat chicken and lamb sales and the farm in general

jimWarmke said...

The sheep were chosen from among the commercial grade ewes that were available locally without much regard for breed. They are all meat sheep in the sense that we raise them primarily for meat but just under half of them need to be sheared once a year even though the shearing costs more than the wool is worth.

I've been shearing them myself so even if the wool might have had some value, by the time I get done shearing the value no longer exists :-)

Breeds represented in our flock (usually more than one breed per sheep) are St. Croix, Katahidn, Dorper, Florida Native, Blue Faced Lechteshire, probably others.