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Sheep back from the processor
« on: August 18, 2018, 08:05:52 PM »
We picked up the meat from a sheep we took in last week for processing. The customer in this case is a one person household and he wanted the maximum number of steaks, roasts and stew meat. Rather than Leg of Lamb we had them cut everything into steaks. The shoulder turned into some pretty roasts and we even wound up with several steaks from the neck which we haven't done before. He originally ordered this ram almost a year ago and asked that it be left intact to get as much growth as possible.  We are getting more repeat customers since we push the idea of letting the sheep get to a mature weight and you get more bang for the buck.  We take a deposit on the lamb and they then pay market (wholesale) price when I take it to the butcher for them.


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Re: Sheep back from the processor
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2018, 06:33:28 AM »
Nice looking cuts of meat.
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Re: Sheep back from the processor
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2019, 11:22:26 AM »
What vacuum sealer do you use?
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Re: Sheep back from the processor
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2019, 04:43:01 PM »
This thread was back aways.  :)  We just have a Foodsaver brand but the cuts in the picture were vacuum sealed by our butcher and that one is a big commercial model.
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Re: Sheep back from the processor
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2019, 05:13:48 PM »
Mike,

Are these grass finished when you do them for your buyers or do you supplement them with some grain?
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Re: Sheep back from the processor
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2019, 05:38:30 PM »
We only feed grain for the month after the lambs are weaned.  We have a few ethnic buyers that want intact ram lambs between 60-90 pounds but we encourage others to let them get to at least 100 pounds since there is no difference in taste and they get a lot more meat.  For our own use we let them get closer to 150 pounds.
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