Lamb & Mutton
 
All our sheep are custom butchered into roasts, rolls, and chops. Because everyone's lamb and mutton eating needs are unique, we offer different sizes of lambs, so you can ensure that you are purchasing a quantity of meat that best serves your needs. Our sheep vary in weight from 20 lbs to 100 lbs.
 
Purchase

Lamb and Mutton available NOW!

Lamb: $11/lb
Mutton: $9/lb


Pickup/Delivery
Lamb and Mutton are NOT sold at the Farm Boutique.
We sell our lamb and mutton as custom orders.

Please call or email us to place an order.

Custom processed mutton and lamb can be pick-up at the farm.
Bring large insulated coolers with sufficient ice packs.

GTA delivery can be arranged for an additional fee.

Please contact us to make arrangements.

Mutton chops.
 
 
About Our Sheep

We are very thankful to have the opportunity to care for a small flock of sheep. We began in 2012 when we obtained a set of twin lambs from a local shepherd we had met at a local fair. Over the years, the flock has grown to over a dozen sheep of various breeds who live on pastureland beside our house. We take care of this flock of animals because sheep are nice to be around, they help us to improve the vitality of both wild and domestic landscapes, they are a source of delicious meat, and they are very happy to share their beautiful wool. We appreciate everything the sheep provide us with, and are dedicated to providing every one of our sheep with the best possible life. To us, that means each individual sheep is healthy and enjoying her life.

Sheep, lambs and chickens lounging!

Clover with her lambs, Licorice and Pepper.

Sheep Production

All our sheep are raised on chemical free pasture, with free access to a clean, airy, naturally lit shelter. We supplement the sheep with salt licks, plants, and plant-based treatments to facilitate good health in the flock. We do not use chemical vaccines or routine medications because we believe that meat should be as nature makes it. In the spring, summer and fall, the sheep eat the plants that grow in and around their pasture (various grasses, wild flowers and herbs, wild fruit, evergreens and deciduous trees). In the fall, winter and spring, we feed the sheep hay grown 30km down the road, and we supplement their diet with leafy branches of wild cherry, boughs of fresh evergreens, and garlic. Due to the threat of predation, the sheep are guarded by a donkey while they range the pasture during the day, and at night, they are closed into their shelter, with fresh water and a treat of oats.
The flock of ewes are introduced to a ram once a year, giving the sheep an opportunity to breed naturally. In the best interests of our sheep, we delay lambing until late spring. Weather permitting, this gives the pregnant ewes some time of fresh, spring grass to boost their prenatal health after a winter of eating dry hay, whole oats, fresh pine and cedar. We believe that when lambs are born onto green pasture, ewes are able to provide more nourishing milk for a shorter period of time, making it easier for lambs to wean themselves from milk to grass. This benefits the health of all the sheep, and gives the ewes time to prepare their bodies for another opportunity to breed.
Our 2017-2018 ram, Ramon.
 
We are equally committed to providing our flock of sheep with the best possible care, as we are to providing consumers with quality meat free from medications or antibiotics. While we believe it is our responsibility to care for sick or injured sheep with appropriate, veterinary supervised health care, we also believe that it is our responsibility to only sell meat that comes from non-medicated animals who have not been exposed to antibiotics.

2018 NOTICE: Due to flock-health considerations, we feel obliged to treat our adult sheep with a medication called "Ivermectin". This product is designed to remove internal and external parasites specifically from sheep, and is used regularly in the conventional sheep meat industry.
WE STILL HAVE UN-MEDICATED MEAT AVAILABLE FOR SALE,
ALL OF OUR 2018 LAMBS ARE AVAILABLE AS UN-MEDICATED MEAT.
 

Duckie in the foreground with her sister Snowdrop and mother Maggie (2018).

Lambs at play (2018).

Banjo, the guardian donkey, with Coriander by a magnificient apple tree (2018).

Leeshia and Loki on their way to the sheep barn (2018).
 
Thistlecroft Mutton and Lamb Available for 2018

Our sheep vary in weight from 20 lbs to 100 lbs. Customers can purchase either WHOLE or HALF lamb and/or mutton.

Regardless of individual size, each whole lamb/sheep can provide the following products:

+ 2 shoulders (can be cut into chops, roasts, stew/kabobs, or ground meat)
+ 2 legs (can be cut into roasts or ground meat)
+ 2 racks of ribs (can be the whole rack or cut into chops)
+ loin chops
+ 2 fore shanks (can be whole or cut into halves or stew)
+ 2 hind shanks (can be whole or cut into halves or stew)
+ 1 breast/flank (can be whole or cut into riblets, stew, or ground meat)
+ 1 neck (can be a whole roast or cut into chops, stew, or ground meat)
+ assorted organ meat
+ 1-4 pkgs bones

Use lamb bones to make nutritious, calcium-rich broth. Lamb stock is a mild tasting, light coloured broth that naturally thickens to a jelly when it cools.

Don't forget, each sheep also provides a natural fleece covered hide. As part of our “whole sheep” approach, we offer our meat customers the opportunity to purchase washable, tanned sheepskins as part of our Whole Sheep Package for $95.
 
 


The above illustration shows you the animal parts and the possible cuts from these parts. Not included is the head, tongue and organ meats.
Illustration is not to scale.

 
Young Lamb (Available NOW!)
Young lamb is a small sized animal with exceptionally tender, sweet, juicy meat. Most cuts are ideal for cooking techniques that are hot and fast, such as searing, grilling and some types of roasts, but shanks and neck will quickly cook into tender braises. Meat quality is comparable to veal and suckling pig. Young lambskins are the softest available, ideal for babies and lap rugs.

Weight of meat on Young Lamb: Approximately 20-35 lbs.
Price per pound: $11/lb

Pastured Lamb (Available September)
Our pasture raised lamb is a medium sized animal with tender juicy meat, and the sweet Ontario flavour that is mildly meaty and savoury enough to eat straight off the grill, no additional seasoning required. Pastured lamb can be prepared in many different ways: from roasts to stews, braises to grilling chops. Our pastured lambs range in size from small, medium to large, so you can ensure that you are purchasing the right amount of meat to suit your needs. Pastured lambskins are soft, with medium density, great for seat covers.

Weight of meat on Pastured Lamb : Approximately 35-55 lbs
Price per pound: $11/lb

Pastured Mutton (2-3 years) (available NOW!)
Our sheep live full and active lives, and depending of the breed of sheep, can grow to be either small or large sized animals. Our young mutton is a pleasant tasting full-flavoured meat, delicious for roasts and grills; highlighted with additional seasoning or marination with herbs and spices. Because mutton is a more mature meat, slow and moist cooking methods such as braising and stewing will increase the tenderness of the meat texture. Mutton can also be processed into ground meat, ideal for burgers, meat balls, and casseroles. Fully mature sheepskins are strong and dense, making luxurious rugs.

Weight of meat on Pastured Mutton: Approximately 60-100 lbs
Price per pound: $9/lb
 

To place an order for lamb or mutton, give us a call!

We do not have meat sales at the Farm Boutique.
Pick-up at the farm by appointment only. Delivery available.

845 Galway Road, Kinmount, Ontario

 

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