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Alexandra Lake Farm
(Dade City,FL)All of our sheep are born and raised here, not rejects brought in from the auctions up North. They are Katahdins - a hardy meat (bred for taste, not wool!) breed developed in the US and very well adapted to Florida climate. Because of that we can raise them virtually without medications or chemical de-wormers Also, we use chickens to clean up pasture after the sheep and that reduces need for de-wormers even more. Our sheep eat only grass. We don't use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides on our pastures. We're an Animal Welfare Approved farm. "No Weird Stuff" is our motto. Lambs are sold by live weight ($3/lb; can be higher for valuable breeding animals). If you want it butchered and wrapped we can take a lamb to a butcher for you (butcher's fees and delivery fee extra). We use only local Animal Welfare Approved butchers. We sell lambs when they're about 1 year old and weight between 90 and 125 lbs - for a few reasons but one of them is that meat to bones ratio in lighter lambs is not very good and we want you to be happy with our lambs. They dress at about 50%, which means that you will get about 50 lbs of meat, bones and organs out of a 100 lb. lamb. Sometimes we have lamb for sale without reservation but generally you need to reserve a few months in advance. This will also allows us to "customize" it for you - weight, age, etc. Sometimes we have cuts (like a leg, rack, ground meat, etc.) but with cuts you're not getting as much for each dollar you paid - buying a whole animal is much better value. Farm visits are available for customers who reserved their lambs and paid a deposit, so you can see what your lamb eats and how it lives. The best way to contact us is E-MAIL. If you do chose to call, please live a message - we're hardly ever inside.
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