Types of Lambs We Sell
At Harmony Farm Kennel And Lamb, we specialize in breeding and promoting our beloved hair-bred sheep. I breed purebred St. Croix and registered White Dorper as well as the crossbreed known as the Royal White. It is our pleasure to perpetuate the strong advantages of the foundation breeding stock of these breeds. We also offer breeding starter flock packages that help you set up your own lamb production business as well as offering quality, healthy, commercial hair bred market lambs that you can grow and sell as your own. Do we sell lamb meat? Yes, occasionally we sell premium lamb meat – check with us for availability.
Why the hair-bred lamb?
Simply some sheep are bred primarily for their wool and then there are hair sheep that are genetically meant for meat. Since they naturally shed their hair in Spring, they do not require shearing, saving the cost to sheer and loss to transport or store as generally there is little market for wool.
Hair sheep are raised strictly for premium meat, with all their nutrition going into meat production rather than fat and lanolin to feed the wool fiber. Notably having approximately 23% less fat and very small bone, (compared to wool sheep),the meat of a hair-bred lamb is lean, smooth textured (not greasy) and most importantly, has no gamey or rammy flavour.
An equally important feature of hair sheep is that they have open fertility, all year round! This means a farmer can plan their schedule to produce lambs at any time of year. This alone is a huge advantage when considerating seasons, pasture management, abbatoir accessibility, as well as all-season marketing, especially when the wool-bred lamb is not available.
Hair sheep are hardy, great scavengers of weeds and purposely grow quickly with naturally high parasite resistance, making them a better choice for commercial breeders.
You can buy our lambs and related services at our lovely farm near Kamloops, where we are happy to offer the following three varieties of hair-bred lamb:
This prolific parasite-resistant hair-bred sheep is all white with a smooth coat in spring/summer and dense, long coverage of silky white hair for winter, this breed is excellent in all weather conditions, with an active and vigorous temperament. The St. Croix has the tallest and longest frame of all hair breeds which allows for a high meat yield having a wider breadth between ribs ie, larger chops, longer shanks, and bigger roasts. This lamb breed produces tender and mild-flavoured meat with a 23% higher carcass yield than similar varieties due to smaller bones and less fat. Mature rams weigh 180-240 lbs and ewes average 150-200 lbs. Rams are prolific, fertile, vigorous breeders with high libido in all seasons.
St. Croix ewes are extremely feminine, natural mothers, with high maternal instincts and loving devotion to their lambs. Having an extra-long back, they have abundant lamb capacity and rarely experience birthing issues. They have a high milk production and average triplets with a birth weight average of 7 lbs, with an average lambing ratio of 200-240%. With excellent nutrition and smart management, it is possible to produce three lamb crops within two years.
This hardy and adaptable, ‘easy keeper’meat sheep does well in harsh and extreme conditions and adds impressive meat bulk quickly. They are good ‘non-selective’ weedeaters and do not require high protein or rich nutrition. The average weight of ewes 200-250 lbs, rams 250-350 lbs.
These hardy and substantial meat sheep have an extended breeding season and may produce three crops in two years with a lambing rate average of 180%.
The excellent result of breeding White Dorpers with St. Croix is the Royal White … which we regard as the best of the best, in commercial market lambs. For high performance of rapid meat gain with low maintenance, these ‘Royal White’ lambs are fast-growing and vigorous! Lambs are pure white. With the height and length of the St. Croix, the wide body of impressive meat bulk of the White Dorper, the Royal White lamb has a medium bone, less fat, and a rapid rate of meat gain of delicious premium quality lean meat.
To start your breeding program, enhance and strengthen your current flock or invest in your inventory of healthy commercial market lambs, you can purchase from our excellent choice of clean genetics, optimal health, and excellent conformation of 2021 hair-bred St. Croix, registered White Dorpers, and Royal White lambs.
To buy our lamb breeds or learn more about our support and services, you can visit our hair-bred sheep page, which also features photos and information on our upcoming March lambing and availability for creep-fed, de-wormed, trimmed, and excellent healthy lamb breed choices.