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HALF LAMB 21-23lb in piecesTunis or Dorset Horn
21-23lb in pieces
Tunis or Dorset Horn
Ships via FedEx Overnight ($50)
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21-23 lbs, $16.64/lb
Feeds 32-38, $10.45 per serving.
Tamarack Sheep Farm, Corinth VT
Dorset Horn or Tunis
Half Lambs are available now and will ship out on our next ship date! If you would prefer a different delivery date, please just include in the box above the date you would like to receive your order.
This package includes:
Rack of Lamb, feeds 3
Bone-in Leg, feeds 6
Bone-in Shoulder Roast, feeds 4
2 Shanks & Loin Chops, feeds 4
Ground, feeds 15-22 for burger, meatballs or pasta
Organ meat, feeds 1
Every part of a half lamb is packaged in its own individual cryo-vac.
The Dorset Horn tastes fresh, lamby and sweet, round, with a great fat to lean ratio and notes of olive oil and lavender. It is gamey in the best way with floral after notes.
The Dorset Horn is a breed of sheep that spread over Dorset, Somerset, Devon, and most of Wales. In 1750 this is the breed the English with a fine palate would eat for Christmas! Today we eat it more frequently because the Dorset Horn is able to give birth three times a year. Dorsets tolerate heat well, and heat tolerance contributes to the rams’ ability to breed earlier in the season than rams of other breeds. This contributes to the Dorset Horn being a very profitable sheep to grow although it remains on the Threatened List of the ALBC-USA.org website.
The Hudson Bay Company first shipped the Dorset Horn to America in the 1860s. But it was a livestock show in Chicago a few years later that made it famous. The Dorset Horn is known for its healthy appetite and thrives on the lush pastures of Vermont where Ben Machin and Grace Bowmer raise a herd.
Ben Machin grew up in Vermont on a small organic homestead where his family grew their own food, and produced apple juice, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup. After some years working for the US Forest Service as a Smokejumper, Ben came back to Vermont to study and work on various natural conservation projects. Eventually he rekindled his interest in farming. Raising sheep has been in Ben's blood for generations. His great-grandfather started a Tunis flock in the 1920s and then Ben's grandfather began to work with Dorset Horn sheet for a 4-H project. In 2006, Ben had a conversation with his grandfather, Herb, during Herb's final days that encouraged Ben to dedicate himself to revitalizing the family flock.
It’s hard not to respect a breed that was referenced numerous times in the Bible (see fat-tailed sheep) and is reputed to be 3000 years old. It’s even harder to imagine the Tunis not being completely delicious since the first three U.S. presidents raised and consumed them.
John Adams mentioned the breed in his diary in 1782 when the Tunis had an excellent reputation for delicious mutton — and tail (not sold today!). Thomas Jefferson ordered the importation of a second herd from Tunisia because he loved them so much he thought they should be more readily available. George Washington bred them —one of his early legacies was the proliferation of his particular Tunis crossbreed on farms and dinner tables along the East Coast.
The tail is now smaller and the color ranges from tan-to-red with the occasional white spot on the head and tail. Ewes usually birth twins although the Tunis still remains on the ALBC-USA.org Conservation Priority List. The Tunis is an excellent ambassador breed for the grass-fed movement – they don’t like to eat a lot of grain.
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