Our new ram is Katahdin, and next year's lambs will be bigger.
Lamb for your freezer - contact us for current price - includes butchering.
Ewes for your pasture. Price depending on weight/breeding status.
Unbleached, undyed yarn, machine processed, $3/oz.
Jelly for your pantry.
Our butcher lambs are grass/hay fed, and are given 1/3C of corn/oat/soy as a treat. Okay, as a bribe to get them to come into the barn. Our Cheviot ewes are now breeding to a Katahdin ram and the lambs are noticeably taller and lankier than the shorter Cheviot. They should dress out larger than our all-Cheviot of past years.
Our wool is sheared annually by a local shearer and processed by Stonehedge Fiber Mill in East Jordan MI -- a small, family farm-run fiber processing mill. No dyes or bleaches are used, no chemical softeners or perfumed soaps. Cheviot wool washes off-white, not dingy gray.
Our jellies are made from the mint patch behind our garage, apples and mulberries from our own trees, and fresh strawberries mostly from Michigan u-pick farms. Each batch made on the kitchen stove just the way Grandma did it - well, MY Grandma, anyway. Except she used her own stove.
A note on the farm itself: We started with 5 acres that I couldn't mow, so we built a barn, fenced in the back 2+AC and got a horse. He nibbled and the new pasture got overgrown. So we refenced and got 3 ewes and a ram. They keep it down. We're now up to 6 breeding ewes and our ram, and are enjoying the heck out of it. ...the "not mowing" bit, especially.
Because we're so small we can call ourselves "organic", but the truth of the matter is, to be NON-organic would mean we'd have to buy chemicals and apply them ... and that's just too much like work. Not to mention, we don't want to spend the money. They eat the grass, that's all we want.
They get bigger and hairier, that's what you want.
Coming soon: Our own blackberries for blackberry jelly and black-apple jelly - incredibly good. Our own blueberries for whatever we can do with them. Hazelnuts for same.
Butcher lambs [complimentary mint jelly with each head] Pasture ewes Wool Yarn or raw wool Various Jelly in season - Mulberry, Strawberry, Mint [Traditional or Natural], Apple, Black-Apple, Apple butter if we feel like peeling apples all day, and whatever other things present themselves. My son and daughter in-law gave us black-raspberries. We jellied them too. Call if you want some.
Will prepare mint jelly for your sheep farm as well. Custom labeling, even.
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We have bought lambs from Laura Lane Lambs for the last two years. Worth every penny. They are raised the way nature intended - on pasture eating grass.... [more]