Grass-finished Lamb/Hogget: Chops
This is one of the few products we at Stonepost do not raise ourselves. Athenry Farms out of Innisfail is a small family farm that raises Black Welsh Mountain sheep and grass-finishes them.
The meat is unique to the breed - lean, rich in color and full of flavour that is superior to lambs raised commercially. Black Welsh Mountain sheep meat is known as a delicacy in the UK.
The definition of "lamb meat" in Canada is an animal that is slaughtered at 12 months of age or younger. "Hogget" is meat from sheep that are between 12-24 months of age. Because they are grass-finished, their lambs, making them closer to 14-16 months of age at slaughter. The animals destined for butcher are on mixed pastures and frolic alongside Athenry Farm's beautiful Buffalo Creek where they use them as land managers to control the weeds and promote and increase in plant biodiversity. This is what we call regenerative and sustainable farming. The trade off for "true lamb", is that you are getting "Hogget", wonderfully flavoured and holistically grown.