Kyle Farms All Natural Lamb

  (Avon, New York)
A Day in the Life of an All Natural Lamb
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Kyle Farms at the Genesee Valley Hunt Races!!!

Very Exciting!  Kyle Farms is going to have a table at the Genesee Valley Hunt Races next Saturday, Oct 9th.  

 

Come see us in the Farmers Market tent, and put your name in a drawing for a half share of our fall All Natural Lamb CSA.

 The races are held on the very pastures that our lambs are born and raised on!  In fact we just moved them off the racetrack pastures this weekend.

 

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www.geneseevalleyhunt.org 

 
 

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

 
 

SNOW DAY!

Snow Day! (well for some, unfortunately for us the sheep don't take a snow day)

 The snow has been coming down in Western NY today!

 

 

View of the barn from the round bale storage! at 10AM this morning!

 

 

We have taken advantage of the winter months coming in to start catching up on all the little projects that have been on our list.  The guys have been working on transforming an old granary into a barn to raise weaned lambs.  Hopefully we'll have pictures once the project is finished!

Also on the list was getting this year's guard dog puppies spayed!  We are lucky to have a great mature pair of Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd guard dogs, who gave us three female pups this summer, and with lots of intact dogs on the farm we decided it was best to get them spayed before they go out to pastures with the flock this spring.  So add that to the list for this winter!

Along the same lines, they finally got the grain bins put up alongside the barns, so we can store all the corn for the barn lambing ewes and winter pasture supplementation in pest proof, sealed storage, with easy access. :-)

 So everyone celebrate the joys of winter snow! and winter projects! 

 
 

With Fall Comes Lamb Shares!

Kyle Farms is..... 


Now taking orders for all natural fall finished lamb! Please visit www.kylefarmsnys.com for information on placing an order for all natural locally raised whole or half lamb. CSA subscriptions are available for purchase year around for Fall Lambs! 

Available in Whole ($300) or Half ($175) Shares! 

A Whole Share provides approx. 50-60lbs of freezer ready lamb 

A Half Share provides 25-30lbs of freezer ready lamb 

We believe that a healthy environment is essential for the growth and development of our all natural lamb. These lambs and their mothers are housed on grass with unlimited access to fresh, clean water to take advantage of the nutritious pastures of the Genesee Valley. Raising our lambs in open air on clean, dry pastures allows us to produce healthy lambs without the use of antibiotics or artificial hormones. This guarantees that there is no risk of antibiotic residues in the lamb you purchase from Kyle Farms. 

Thank You! 
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