Come to Tamarack Vermont Sheep Farm in the summer and you'll see sheep out in pastures grazing fresh grass. In the winter, they’ll be tucked into barns eating hay that we make ourselves. This fresh grass or hay, fresh air, and room to move about and exercise mean happier and healthier animals. For our lamb customers, this means healthier meats; studies have shown that grass-fed meats are higher in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and higher in cancer-preventing conjugated linoliec acids (CLAs). Within this meat is the energy and goodness of the sun, key mineral elements from the soil, and good clean water. For rural communities and Vermont's working landscape, grazing offers a way to utilize abandoned agricultural lands to produce food; Tamarack is in the process of restoring 120 acres of land in this way.
The Tamarack flock spends the summer moving to fresh new paddocks of pasture every day or two. During the winter months they are given as much hay as they wish to eat. Depending on the season and the quality of grass or hay available, lambs are also fed whole grains and given access to shelters. If you prefer a 100% grass-fed lamb, or one that's been supplemented with grain, either can be arranged.