Zeus and lambs

Lamb (meat) for Sale

Yes, yes.  We know they are extremely cute.  But... our lambs are conscientiously raised to provide healthy, high quality, great tasting meat for our customers.  Lambs finished on grass have a much different flavor than lambs finished on grain.  Our customers certainly prefer our grass fed lambs.

We acquire bum lambs (newly birthed lambs rejected by mother ewes) from local ranches.  We bottle feed them by hand for several weeks until they can eat grass.  They are on our organic certified pasture all summer.  In the fall, if/when the grass is done and/or snow covers the ground, we feed them our organic certified hay.  We have three livestock guardian dogs that live with the lambs and protect the lambs from predators.  We do not use antibiotics or growth hormones on our lambs.    

When the lambs are nearing 115 pounds (on average), we advertise to potential customers (via our FaceBook site, our newsletter, and/or this web site), and then take pre-orders and deposits.  We prefer to sell lamb meat by the "whole".  A "whole" lamb is all of the meat from one lamb.

What We Offer for Sale

     •     Pasture raised, grass fed and grass finished lamb

Available around November or December each year.

$7.00 per pound + sales tax

Customers purchase the whole lamb and receive individually wrapped cuts of meat (frozen).

Our Process

Lambs napping with Zeus
A cute lamb
Bottle feeding a lamb
Zeus and a lamb
Michelle and lambs
lambs playing a game of dog pile
A lamb bottle feeding rack
Livestock guardian dogs with lambs
Zeus and a lamb
Building the lamb shelter
Building the lamb shelter

Michelle, at a night time bottle feeding session with two lambs

Zeus, encouraging a lamb to it's feet

Zeus is sometimes the subject of the game "dog pile"

Feeding time!

Rick and Michelle, building the lamb shed

It seems that Zeus thinks he is their mother

They soon graduate to the bottle feeding rack.  This goes much faster!

Mike and Michelle, working on the lamb shed

Zeus and some lambs

The livestock guardian dogs live with the lambs and keep them safe -- especially at night


How 'bout another game of "dog pile" now?

The livestock guardian dogs at work.  It is a tough job, but somebody must do it.  I pity any predator who tries to get one of these lambs.

We send the sheep hides to Pennsylvania for processing.  They are gorgeous when we get them back -- clean and soft.  If you are interested in purchasing a sheep hide, please contact us.

This is the cutest and funniest lamb video you will see today!  Visit the Bear Butte Gardens YouTube Channel for more videos.

The price will depend upon the weight of the lamb.  In order to get an estimated price at pre-order time, we start with the estimated live weight of the lamb.   Remember, this is only an estimate and the actual weight and price may be different.

Once the lamb is butchered and hanging at the meat locker (minus head, hide, and organs) the butcher will call us with the actual "hanging weight" of each lamb, which is usually about 50% of the live weight.  This is the weight on which we calculate the price of the lamb.  We charge $7 per pound (of hanging weight).

Keep in mind, the hanging weight and the finished package weight will differ as some additional bone and fat will be removed from the cuts before they are packaged.  The customer pays on the hanging weight, but will receive a lesser poundage in actual packaged weight.

We take care of transportation of the lambs to the meat locker and then we pick up the packaged lamb meat, each in a box.  Before we pick up the finished, packaged product we organize the pick-up day/time for our customers to get the boxed lamb from us, generally at Bear Butte Gardens.

How to Estimate the Price

Example Calculation:

Estimated Live Weight:  110 pounds

Hanging Weight (approximately 50% of live weight):  50 pounds

We charge $7 per pound (of hanging weight),

so the base price would be calculated as:

(50 pounds  x  $7  =  $350)

Plus tax as: (4.5%  x  $350  =  $15.75)

Total Estimated Price:  $365.75

Soon after we receive a pre-order and deposit from a customer, we ask a series of questions about the customer's meat cut and package preferences.  For example, thickness of chops, quantity of chops per wrapped package (usually two or four), how many pounds of ground lamb vs. chops vs. lamb roast, if you want any organs (liver, heart), etc.  We also ask if the customer prefers a larger or smaller lamb.  We require a $75 deposit to hold a whole lamb.  The deposit is subtracted off the total before sales tax.  Payment in full is due upon pick-up of the lamb meat from us.

Once the lambs reach about 115 pounds, we take them to a local meat locker -- either Sturgis Meat Locker or Tri-County Locker in Newell.  The meat locker will slaughter the lambs and then hang the full carcasses for aging for about a week (to enhance the flavor even more).  The butcher then processes the lambs into individual cuts of meat.

The customer receives individually wrapped cuts of meat packaged in a box.

Rick, weighing a lamb in a lamb sling