“Enabling Nature’s life giving organisms which synergistically co-develop in a
grand spiral ascent”
How Our Lamb is Raised
Mint Creek Farm, located in east-central
Illinois, has not been farmed with the use of chemical inputs since 1992. Our
sheep were originally part of our plan to enliven and enrich the soil that had
been so depleted by modern mainstream agricultural practices. Our flock grew,
eating the weeds and pasture that Harry learned to plant through trial and
error. We added some East Friesian dairy sheep to our flock (which we milk on a
small scale for out own use) and traded for some exotic looking Barbados hair
sheep as well.
Most years the sheep feed almost exclusively on
our farm raised grasses and alfalfa hay. For the past two years they have been
grazing at a local organic apple and pear orchard as well. We have learned how
to care for them using herbal remedies and organically approved wormers.
(Antibiotics are only given to sick animals that are later sold to a broker.) We
feed them a non-medicated mineral supplement and kelp throughout the year.
The sheep are raised
outdoors for most of the year and are not ordinarily castrated, or tail docked.
The young lambs nurse their mothers if at all possible. When they are 9-12
months old they are harvested; by this time they are 100-150 lbs. and have lost
their juvenile qualities. The meat is of very high quality and we have the
satisfaction of knowing that they lived out their lives as contented sheep
rather than animal concentration camp detainees.
Our lamb tends to be leaner that most because
the intact males are leaner as a rule. All are grass fed, which means that what
fat they have is rich with omega 3 fatty acids and Conjugated Linoleic Acid.
Lamb, as you may know, tends to be hypoallergenic as meats go.
We try to have bratwurst and lamb breakfast
sausage available throughout the year. Our whole and half lamb sale will begin
soon with locker dates in November and December. Milk fed lambs are available
in late winter through early spring. If you like lamb and are concerned about
your food and environment quality, email us or give us a call or fax and we can
arrange to take your order.
Harry and Gwen Carr