Prices of Lamb and Mutton


Lambs

So what is the Price of a lamb?

If you are cruising the web looking for the cheapest lamb possible, just send me a note and I will give you the phone numbers for the slaughter houses, where you can get the very lowest price for whole lamb. See Mail Page.

If you are interested in a GOOD lamb, then please email your phone number or call and leave your phone number and I will call you back to talk about it; it seems that people are not actually capable of carrying on a conversation in text mode. Answering machine: 604-882-1278

This is the Farm - not some slick sales office. I work 14 hour days, 365 days per year, no days off, no vacations, at a pay rate of about -$1.86/hr (that's right, NEGATIVE $1.86/hr), so I don't want to take extra time answering questions from people looking for the cheapest lamb possible. If you want "sunny ways", visit the Prime Minister's Office. YOU are the sales department, YOU have to sell yourself on the lamb, so ask me some questions that you need in order to make that choice properly.

The only information requests that I get from this lamb web page look like this:
"I would like to buy a whole lamb and just wondering how much approximately it will cost me."
or
"How are you just looking to buy a whole lamb
Let me know how much is it and when can I get it
".

Aren't people getting more interested in animal care issues (cage-free eggs etc.)?
Seems not, all I get are people looking for the cheapest possible meat. If you really want low-cost meat, try our Mutton! Mutton is $2/lb on carcass weight plus processing costs, usually ends up less than $4.50/lb.

* Where is a question on what the lambs eat?
* Where is a question on animal care and health?
* Where is a question on sustainable pasture management?
No, if all you ask about is price, you have come to the wrong place!
If you have to ask about lamb price, you probably can't afford it!
Do you call up a used car dealer and ask how much is a used car? Every used car is different, you know that. Yet you assume all lamb is the same. How can you ask for a price when not even you know what you are comparing to what when you ask the next dumb farmer "How much is a lamb?".

This is where you get GOOD lamb, not where you get CHEAP lamb.
What's the difference? Lamb is lamb, isn't it? Is all cheese the same? No!

Good lamb comes from an actual meat breed and is fed well so that its diet is not deficient which allows it to grow and develop to its full potential. Cheap lamb might also be OK, but cheap lamb mainly results from people like YOU continually forcing down price expectations for food, along with your co-enablers such as Safeway ("Better Meat, Lower Prices") and Superstore, which brings in imported lamb at prices well below the cost of production, resulting in more and more people getting squeezed out of farming in Canada, getting out of raising lamb, and being forced to dump their lambs at the auction so that all the lambs for sale that day are "commoditized" into a lowest-common-denominator price well below the cost of feeding the lambs. When the lambs are commoditized like this, all the IMPORTANT information that you need to make your decision to buy is DELIBERATELY lost - age of the lamb, where it lived, what it ate, how it was raised, how was its care - all that is lost and the price for that lot of lambs is based on the crappiest lamb in that batch.

This is what you buy in to, when you DEMAND the absolute lowest prices for food. With just a little bit more of this nonsense, ALL FOOD in Canada will be imported. This is not good, since Canada is running a huge trade deficit - we are importing way more food and toys than we have exports to pay for it all with!

So what is the price for a lamb?

Ask the lamb - if it was getting paid an allowance, and could understand the concepts of both money and death, what it would pay to stay alive? You never pay ANYTHING for the life taken from the animal.

So, if you don't pay for the value of its life, what do you pay for? Do you think you pay for the cost of raising it?

Lambs are offered by donation. If you make a low donation, slaughter and cutting fees are not included. If you think that you should have a free lamb, just tell me why you should have a free lamb, and if you tell a good story, it is yours! Since people will only pay a small amount for a lamb, if I were to give them ALL away for free, it would only double my farm loss for the year, so it isn't a big deal to give them away.

You certainly would not pay for the cost of raising a lamb - my "break even" point for a lamb in 2015, including just some of the most important indirect expenses, was $1020 per lamb (20.40/lb for a 50-lb lamb carcass). If I add in the $2/day poverty wage in India, that would come up to $1070 (21.40/lb) per lamb, still less than the price of Wagyu beef, which is also multi-grain fed. So, you wouldn't come near to paying what it costs to raise a lamb. The cost of the PURCHASED FEED per lamb last year was about $478 ($9.56/lb), and you wouldn't even pay for that. So no, you will not even consider paying for the cost of raising a lamb.

Lambs are offered on a donation basis

Lambs are offered on a donation basis - you just donate however much you think fair, and include a note as to why you have to pay so little and I have to pay so much, to put meat on your table. The suggested minimum donation is $10/lb ($500 for 50-lb carcass weight), but of course you are welcome to contribute more.
At one of these lower donation levels (below $600), killing and cutting and delivery to the slaughterhouse are not included.
For a donation up to $1020, I still don't get a cent of it, it all goes toward raising your lamb, so YOU are the charity, not me. Yes, that difference between what you are willing to donate and my cost is REAL MONEY, not fake accounting like what the economy loses per year to sick days. That difference comes out of CPP or OAS cheques, or cashed-in RRSP's. Would you spend your retirement income to pay for other people's food, people who care about nothing other than the cheapest possible food?
You are welcome to offer a low donation, but I accept that on the condition that you take at least one lamb per year, and some time during your lifetime, refer another person to take a lamb, since the customer base shrinks over time.

Thanks to that Smiling Schmuck of a Prime Minister lowering our OAS cheques to 87% of last year's, please add 13% to your lamb donation, since we have that much less this year to kick in to cover your lamb's feed costs.

Mutton

Mutton (Mouton) is the King of Meats! Our mutton is NOT the crap your grand parent's ate during WWII, that old shoe-leather that needed a pressure-cooker and tons of mint sauce. If you tried our mutton, you would find it to be the meat for the best burgers you ever ate - like mild beef with a bit of lamb flavour. What's not to like?

Our best lambs are raised up to be the new members of the flock, so that mutton has come from the very best lambs. Does something bad happen to a good lamb over time? No! Good mutton comes from good lambs, and then more good lambs come from those good muttons! It can't be any other way - you can't get good lambs from bad mutton! So, if you aren't sure about how good someone's lamb is, then try their mutton, and that if that is great, then the lamb is even better!

Muttons are available at $1/lb live weight, or $2/lb carcass weight, plus processing fees which are in the range of $85 to $100, plus something for cutting depending on where it goes for that, plus delivery to the slaughterhouse. It should end up something less than $4.50/lb. Great deal!

Mutton is a great substitute for beef! Why do I talk about a substitute for beef, what is wrong with beef? Not much yet, but if the Canadian Cattleman's Association gets their way, they are asking the government to change the rules so that beef in Canada can be irradiated. Yes, nuked food! There is a petition at change.org to petition against irradiated beef, which you can look up on their web site.

Eventually this will be approved, and will be the first step toward irradiating all food in Canada (as is done in the States). But our mutton will remain as one of the last bastions of Real Food - please support this farm and try some mutton (especially if you can't afford the lamb)! When people stop buying mutton (as they have), the whole farm seizes up and can't function.

                                    Robert & Rose McCroskey
                                    Run-Down Walk-Up Farm
                                    Port Kells, Surrey, BC

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