Purchasing a Whole 100% Grassfed Lamb
***WE DO NOT DELIVER***
Fill your freezer with succulent lamb by purchasing a whole lamb from Blue Rooster Farm! Lamb is delicious both braised in stews and curries or seasoned and grilled. Look for recipes from the Mediterranean for great ideas on how to prepare your lamb.
Buying bulk will save you money and give you control on how your lamb is processed. It is a great way to try every cut of lamb available and it will not overwhelm you or your freezer.
We Do Not Ship. Customers are expected to pick up directly from the butcher shop.
Whole Lamb $7/lb. Hanging weight plus processing
We use several different butchers for our custom processing. Processing costs are usually $85/ lamb (Price set by processor). We make this a separate charge because they offer several value-added options that you may want to take advantage of such as sweet Italian lamb sausage or stew cubes. These options incur an extra cost per pound, but if you like the convenience and flavor of these cuts, the extra cost is worth it.
Your lamb will be cut to your specifications, vacuum packed, labeled, weighed, and frozen.
Approximately how much do I pay for a lamb?
For simplicity, let’s assume your lamb’s hanging weight is 50 lbs.
Most of our lambs weigh between 40 – 50 lbs. hanging weight.
45 lbs. x $7 = $ 315
Plus processing fee $85 + $315 = $400
We prefer if you make arrangements to pick up your lamb straight from the shop at which it was processed. However, because we use several different processors in different regions of Central PA, we will deliver a lamb to one of our already established markets or delivery sites if necessary.
A fuel surcharge based on mileage will be applied if we transport your order to a distribution site.
You may also pick up your order at the farm, however if we are asked to hold your order for more than a week, a freezer rental charge will be applied.
How much meat is on a lamb?
Hanging Weight– also known as dressed weight or carcass weight – is what you get when you remove the parts that are inedible like the hide, feet, head, some of the bones and most of the innards.
The dressing percentage for most lambs is about 54%. A 100 lb. lamb will have a hanging weight or dressed weight of approx. 54lbs.
Is that how much I take home?
No. You take home the finished cuts or “yield”. The percentage of the hanging weight that remains is called the “yield” and is generally between 55% - 70% of hanging weight. This percentage varies based on a number of factors including:
- Bone-in vs. boneless cuts – This will dramatically affect yield; the more boneless cuts that are made, the lower the yield.
- The amount of fat remaining on the meat cuts – The yield will vary based on how much surface fat the cutter leaves on the cuts.
- A lamb that dresses at 50 lbs. will usually yield between 35- 40 lbs. of take home meat.
- A whole lamb costs you around $10.90 per pound of take-home meat.
What sort of cuts will I get?
You specify with the processor or with us how you want your lamb cut and packaged, according to your tastes and needs. Because the carcass and yield are relatively small compared to buying even a quarter beef or half a hog, your options are somewhat limited. Even so, we are happy to walk you through the process and help you determine which cuts will be most useful and give you the most yield for your money.
How much freezer space will I need for my lamb?
Plan on approximately one cubic foot of freezer space for every 15-20 pounds of meat. The interior of a milk crate is slightly more than a cubic foot. For a lamb, you will need 2 cu. Ft of freezer space. A whole, processed lamb will likely fit in the freezer that comes with your refrigerator.
How do I place an order?
Call or email us and we will discuss availability and options. Retail lamb cuts are available throughout the year and can be ordered through our online stores. We require a $100 non-refundable deposit to place an order. It will be deducted from your final balance.
Blue Rooster Farm
1499 Rt. 35 S.
East Waterford, PA 17021
Make checks payable to: Blue Rooster Farm