Fast Facts

    • A Lamb in Time – American sheep production peaked during the 1940’s and 50’s at more than 55 million head.

 

    • A Family Affair – There are over 82,000 sheep operations in the US, a majority of them family owned and operated.

 

    • Lambs Across America – Sheep are produced in nearly every state, making fresh American Lamb available year-round. The top 5 sheep producing states are Texas, CA, CO, WY and South Dakota.

 

    • Caring for the Animals – American Lamb producers care about the health and welfare of the animals they raise. Producers provide a healthy, comfortable existence for their animals. Shepherds tend their flock with the utmost care and employ guard animals to help protect the sheep from predators like coyotes, bears, and mountain lions.

 

    • Lambing Season – Because of the diversity in geography, climate and management systems used in sheep husbandry, lambing season vary considerable. The goal is to raise succulent, tender meat with spring-lamb flavor any time of year.

 

    • Flock Size – While many producers have small farm flocks between 50-300 animals, others have large operations ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 sheep.

 

    • Breeds –80 percent of American sheep are raised for meat (wool is byproduct) and there are more than 40 breeds of sheep in the US

 

    • Fresh, Naturally – American Lamb is available in grocery stores and restaurants within days of harvesting, so the meat is fresh. American Lamb is up to 10,000 miles fresher than imported lamb.

 

    • Wholesome from the Ground Up – American Sheep are reared on high quality natural forage diets. Depending on the quality of the range, some lambs are marketed directly from the range or pasture while others are grain-finished for a short period of time to supplement the nutrition for the best care of the animals. Sheep are exclusively herbivores. Their ideal pasture is not lawn-like grass, but an array of grasses, legumes, and forbes.

 

    • A healthy Choice – with the growing numbers of consumers focusing on nutrition, healthy lifestyles and accountability in food production, American Lamb is a lean, nutrient rich choice. All American Lamb is hormone free and American Lamb can be offered as all-natural products that are antibiotic free.

 

    • Little Lamb, Big Advantage – Sheep are an ideal tool for controlling undergrowth in forests and other wooded areas. American sheep are used to prevent forest fires and to graze weeds naturally in vineyards across the country.

 

    • A sustainable Resource – Producers use great care in shepherding their flocks to protect water and avoid overgrazing. Sheep in the US contribute to the environmental balance by grazing vegetation in a way that creates healthier land and helps control invasive weeds without the use of herbicides.

 

  • American Lamb. From American Land. – Across the industry, American Lamb producers take pride in having control of their lambs from birth to finishing to fabrication, to ensure that you, the consumer, get the safest, freshest, most flavorful and natural lamb meat possible.