Kyle Farms All Natural Lamb

  (Avon, New York)
A Day in the Life of an All Natural Lamb
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Rochester Public Market

Took our delicious lamb sausage to the Rochester Public Market yesterday and it was a huge success!

 

We sold out by 11am!  Thank you sooo much to everyone who stopped by our table yesterday and bought our delicious sausage!  

The everyone at the Rochester Public Market was great!  Very welcoming and kind (even the producer who showed up late and I'd been assigned his regular spot!) 

 A very nice woman from the Rochester Public Market stopped by and took pictures and notes for an article for their website, and we had lots of interest in our farm, our sausage, and also in potentially offering cuts of lamb.

 

I will be sure to let everyone know when we have more sausage available (hopefully in a couple weeks). 

 
 

Kyle Farms All Natural Lamb is Back!

Kyle Farms All Natural Lamb is Back for 2012!

After a hiatus in our local and individual lamb sales for 2011, we've decided to try a new style of lamb sales, and offer USDA inspected ground lamb for sale in 1lb increments!

 

Ground lamb is delicious as burgers, tacos, and chili for those cold winter days!  Also perfect for many greek style dishes!

We're also taking votes for the first sausage flavor we should offer for sale in February/March!

We will be offering pick up and cold weather shipping options starting in January!

Taking orders now for Kyle Farms All Natural Ground Lamb to be ready to go after Martin Luther King, Jr Day.

 

www.kylefarmsnys.com

 
 

Kyle Farms in the News!

Local herders see sheep industry comeback

Shearing is an annual process usually done in the spring. Last week, from Monday to Saturday, about 2,300 sheep were being sheared in a five stand shed on Nations Road.

Matt Kyle of Kyle Farms learned the art of shearing during a three month stay in New Zealand five years ago. It’s an uncommon skill and Matt had to go to Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and even Wales to seek out the crew which was assisting him last week.

Shears consist of a hand piece, comb and cutter. During intensive shearing, cutters are swiftly dulled and need replacement every 15 minutes. A shearer will go through eight combs and 32 cutters a day. Evenings after shearing are spent sharpening.

Devastated by cheap imports during the past two decades, the market for wool in the United States hit rock bottom ten years ago, but is now beginning to make a resurgence.

“There are markets out there,” Kyle reveals. “We sell our wool to Mid State Wool Growers of Ohio.” Much of the purchased wool is exported for carpet production.

The sheep are being pastured at Seven Nations Farm in Geneseo belong to Kyle Farms, a partnership of Matt, his brother DJ and cousin Nate. Flock manager is Joe Enenheiser. Seven Nations Farms has a legacy of sheep raising, having hosted populations equivalent in number to the Kyle flock throughout many decades of the farm’s almost 200 year history.

Matt’s personal involvement with sheep dates back to a 4-H project of his youth, when his parents, David and Jeanne Kyle, were keeping about 200 ewes.

Kyle Farms is based in the Rush-Geneseo-Avon area. More lucrative than wool is the market for meat. The business goal is to produce a quality all natural lamb for the consumers of western New York.

“The sheep industry on the east coast has started to look a lot brighter,” Matt observes. “Lamb meat is healthy for you, and I think you are going to start seeing it a lot more in the grocery store.”

Kyle Farms lamb is guaranteed to have been raised on pasture and mother’s milk, has no growth stimulants or artificial hormones, and is fed a 100 percent vegetarian diet from birth to harvest.

Matt, his brother and his cousin hope to revive this part of the livestock industry which at one time was a mainstay of the upstate New York agricultural economy. He describes the partnership as “three young individuals wet behind the ears, trying to build a sustainable business.”

Kyle Farms was founded by Matt and DJ’s parents David and Jeanne Kyle over 35 years ago. Upon the death of David Kyle, the flock was downsized. After attending Cornell University and spending time in New Zealand, Matt began to re-grow the flock and seek out varied marketing opportunities.

The full Kyle Farms family is today the recently married Matt and Shannon Kyle, DJ and his wife Alexis, and Nate and his wife Kelly.

 

Livingston County News

 
 

It Takes a Community......

The saying goes, "It takes a village...."  And for us I'd change it to, "It takes a community...."  

Black and White Lamb

 

 (To raise adorable lambs like this)

This is going to be a thank you to all those who help us out throughout the year, and also a reminder for everyone else with farms (small or large) that making and keeping good relationships with your neighbors can be of immense importance.  

Its easy to overlook all the outside inputs to Kyle Farms when you're involved in a day to day basis and it becomes commonplace, but when we stop and think about it, there are very few large projects that aren't done with the help of friends and neighbors.  

The entire flock was shorn over the past three weeks, and at one point we had 3 shearing machines running.  The weather however was not as organized as we were.  In order to shear a dry flock in a dry location, a neighbor graciously let us use an empty barn adjacent to the pastures where the unshorn sheep were, saving us from having to haul the sheep to one of our barns or shearing outside in the rain.  In order to run three shearing machines, electricity had to be provided in the form of generators.  Being a relatively low input sheep farm we had no generators, and were able to borrow THREE generators from various local farms to power the shearing machines, wool baler, and various other electric equipment (lights, etc).  Just thinking back on that, I can't imagine how difficult it would have been to haul the ewes, load by load, to the shearing barn, and then back after being shorn to the pasture.  And the amount of fuel used by the generators....much less than the amount used by the farm truck to haul heavy trailer loads of sheep back and forth all weekend. 

To shear the sheep efficiently and quickly requires atleast 2-3 shearers and we are lucky to know many excellent shearers who are willing to come shear for us.  However, when running three shearing machines it triples the amount of work for whoever is assisting.  In our case, ATLEAST 2-3 people are needed to help keep up with the shearers.  Someone to haul sheep to the shearers, someone to sweep up the wool and do some basic skirting, and someone to run the wool baler.  So if one person falls sick, or is unable to work, it can really throw a wrench in things.

This is where the community really steps in.  The Saturday shearing goes great, they shear all day and get a good part of the flock done.  Sunday, a shearer and an assistant are unable to work, and after a few quick calls around, a visiting farmer who shears and some friends of the farm show up to get the shearing done.  

Sure it takes a bit longer, and for a farm with only a few employees to have everyone and their friends shearing or helping shear until 8 at night means everything else falls to the wayside until afterwards, but without those friends and neighbors, we'd have still been shearing Monday.  The same goes for our relationship with local farms.  Without their help we wouldn't have had generators or barn to shear in the most convenient and least stressful spot.

I could go on and on about the multitude of times Kyle Farms Saturday and Sunday projects have benefited from our friends and neighbors  help and availability.  Whether it be while vaccinating and processing lambs, or fixing the water pump for a barn full of pregnant ewes in July (and providing the portable water tank to supply them with water until it could be fixed).  This spring time we would like to thank the community for their help and friendship.

End of long ramble

Summary: Make and keep good relationships with your local farms and neighbors.  You never know when you might need their help or they might need yours. 

 
 
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