About Our Sheep/Lamb
On our farm outside of Greenville, Ohio, Kraut Creek's grassfed lambs graze in the open air on a diet of grass, legumes, and native forbs. An environment such as this is imperative for the health of our lambs. Kraut Creek lamb is free of added hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals of any kind.
Research indicates that meat from grassfed animals is higher in beta carotene(Vitamin A), conjugated linoleic acid(CLA), and Omega 3 fatty acids than their grain fed counterparts. These elements play a vital role in the reduction of cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and other diseases. Research also shows grassfed meat to be less likely to contain harmful E. coli bacteria.
Our tender, delicious grassfed lamb is a healthy choice for you and your family. From a butterfied Leg of Lamb to an elegant Rack of Lamb, we feel that Kraut Creek lamb makes a remarkable dining experience, and we think you will feel that way too!
ABOUT OUR FLOCK
Here at Kraut Creek our flock consists of Katahdin and Texel breeds. Both breeds are recognized for their mild flavored meat and their ability to thrive on an all grass diet.
After researching the various sheep breeds, we chose the Katahdin breed. They were attractive to us for several reasons. The first being that they are a hair sheep and not having to shear them periodically was very attractive to us Also we found that they are less prone to parasite infection, and they are excellent mothers that often raise twins and triplets with no problems. Our ewes lamb outside on pasture in the lush spring grass.
We are extremely satisfied with the Katahdin breed on the maternal side, but felt the need to bring in another breed as a terminal sire to cross with the Katahdin to produce a lamb carcass with larger meat cuts. After some research we settled on the Texel breed to address this need. The Texel is a medium sized wool breed that is known for their muscle development and leanness.
Our sheep are on pasture their entire lives, either eating green growing grass during the growing season or dormant grass that has been managed to graze during the winter. If there is a need to supplement their grazing, we feed hay on the pasture. We do at times also supplement with soyhulls that, because they are a high fiber roughage, are approved under the USDA grassfed protocol, and also approved by the American Grassfed Association.
We address parasite control a couple of ways. By rotating our sheep and cattle daily on a long pasture rotation we can escape most, if not all of the parasite burden. When we feel there may be a need to deworm them we use garlic juice and organic apple cider vinegar, as they are very effective, natural dewormers. We DO NOT use any chemical dewormers.
Our management practices here at Kraut Creek Pastures produce a lamb that is totally natural!