Lambs at Dalew Farms are finished completely on forage, no grain is fed during this phase! The only time grain is fed to our sheep, is to our pregnant mommas, during the later stages of gestation, this is because sheep are more prone to pregnancy toxemia issues than are cattle.
We feel that forage finishing lambs creates a healthier product, just as it does with our grass finished beef! (www.eatwild.com) Our sheep are also rotated on pastures several times per week, and having sheep and cattle both on the same farm and pastures helps to naturally reduce the parasite loads on those pastures, eliminating the need for chemical dewormers.
Rotating the lambs to new, fresh, clean pastures is vitally important to getting a good finish on these lambs to create a nice, flavorful and tender eating experience for you! The lambs we sell are all less than a year old, again to make sure that your eating experience is scrumptious! We are currently excited about expanding our sheep flock both to catch up to the demand from folks like you, and because grazing sheep allows us to do lots of interesting and diverse things from an ecological standpoint on the farm. This year the goats will be grazed alongside the sheep! Stay tuned to our facebook page for updates and come on out to our summer open house to see the sheep and goats for yourself this summer!