Farmhand's Harvest runs a small flock of East Frisian, Bluefaced Leicester, and other mixed breed sheep in the bucolic North Fork Valley of Western Colorado. Our mission is to provide the most gratifying and nutritious lamb to our customers, the best lives to our animals, and to maintain the beauty and viability of the land. The sheep live out on pasture where sheep belong: grazing on the clovers, fescues, alfalfa, chicory, timothy, orchard grass, and wayward weeds of the fields. They are rotated daily, ensuring the freshest forage for the sheep and least amount of stress on the soil and pastures. Our lambs are 100% grassfed and finished. We do not use any synthetic wormers , hormones or antibiotics on our lambs, as well an no herbicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers on the land.
All of our lamb is pasture raised, grassfed and grass finished. Grassfed lamb has more Omega 3 fatty acids and beta-carotene than conventional grain fed lamb. It is also lower in fat and higher in protein than it’s conventional counter part. Our lambs graze on organic pastures and are free of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and synthetic wormer. Besides all of the health conscious reason to provide yourself and your family with grassfed and finished lamb it also tastes wonderful!
Lambskins are great for newborns, pets, couches and in front of the fire. Our lambskins are white, black or somewhere in between. This last fall we sent in our first batch of lambskins into the tanner. They will be available late February. If you are interested in reserving a lambskin, and choosing a color, send an email through the contact link or the lamb order sheet. The skins are $150 and are available for shipping!
For the last three years we have been shearing the sheep ourselves and are finally ready to take the next step and have our wool processed. With any luck we will have naturally colored white, brown, and black yarn and roving available later this year. Stay tuned for our wool updates!
To reserve a grass-fed lamb will we first need your contact information and a non-refundable deposit. The deposit will be applied to your balance, so think of it as a down payment. The deposit for a whole lamb is $100 and $50 for a half. I will let you know when I receive this information and your deposit to confirm that you have a lamb reserved. As butchering time gets closer I'll send you a cut sheet so that you can decide how you would like your meat to be processed. When the lambs go to the butcher, an email with the butchers phone number will be sent out. At which point you can call the butcher and tell them your choice of cuts. This insures that the butcher knows exactly how you want your cuts to turn out. Once the your meat is done, you will be contacted to set up a time for your lamb delivery!
$6/lb hang-weight, plus the butchering fee.
Free delivery within an hour of the North Fork and Roaring Fork Valleys and in Metro Denver.
If you’re interested in a lamb and live outside of those areas please send me an email; I'm sure we can figure something out!
Most of the lambs have a hang-weight of 35-50 lb. Any lambs that are smaller that 35 I will cut the price to $5/lb. Now how much meat will end up in your freezer is a harder question. A lot of it depends on what cuts you order but a general rule of thumb is 60%-70% of your lamb’s hang-weight. If you order a lot of roasts and steaks the percentage will be higher. If you are mostly interested in ground, stew meat, and sausages the percentage will be lower.
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to get some grassfed lamb our 20 lb. Shepherd's Choice Box is the way to do it! The Shepherd's Choice Box will include but is not be limited to a leg or shoulder roast, lamb chops and ground lamb. Once the lamb comes back from the butcher your box will be assembled and we will reach out to you in order to set up a good time for delivery. The price of the box is $250.
To get Shepherd's Choice Box simply send me an email through our order page below!
For most of the last decade, I have spent my days in the fields; building fences, planting, cultivating, harvesting, and herding sheep. These open fields are my home, where I find comfort and peace. With bent back and dirty hands, I strive to build a life not based on monetary gain but upon a rounder sense of fulfillment. An appreciation of manual labor, stronger relationships with those around us (and the world as a whole), as well as real nourishment from the soil under our feet are the things that creates true wealth.
It is this sense of life, neither archaic nor digital, that I wish to propagate.
You can share a taste of this life with your family through our delicious grass-fed lamb, sheepskins, and, eventually, though woolen wares. With your support, our family and flock will continue growing and flourishing on Colorado's western slope, where the mountains meet the mesas.