A number of people have contacted us recently to ask for an update as to when the lamb that they ordered in the spring will be ready – because here it is, nearly September! How time flies!
Please don’t be worried: we have not forgotten about you!
As the growth of the grass and subsequently, the growth of the lambs is subject to many variables of nature, it’s really difficult for us to give a satisfyingly precise prediction of when our lambs will be ready for slaughter – However, as I’m sure you’ve all noticed, this summer the Okanagan has experienced a rather extraordinary drought. The very hot and dry weather we’ve been having has made grass-based farming a challenge this season. We had a lovely early spring that got the lambs off to a great start, but while it was such good sun-tanning weather during June and July, the lambs seemed to lose appetite because of the heat, and they have not grown quite as quickly as we might have expected given a more normal summer. Cooler temperatures and a bit of rain will make a big difference when it comes. Fortunately, a sizable portion of our landbase is sub-irrigated so we can count on a certain amount of grass re-growth even if the drought persists. There’s no worry for the survival of the flock, (thankfully!) but we have to work with what nature gives us, and sometimes that requires patience. Actually, it often requires patience – that’s a big part of this whole farming business.
So while the rate of gain has been slower than hoped for, the lambs are growing and we are fully confident that we’ll have nicely grass-finished lamb available for all of our promised customers this fall. It just won’t be ready till it’s ready. We anticipate processing a few in mid to late September, but with the majority not being ready till October (and perhaps even into late October) – we intend to have all of our orders filled by mid-November – but it’s all “Mother Nature willing”.
I hope that addresses any concerns you have regarding your lamb order, and we thank you for your support. If you’d like to get in touch with us in person, please feel free to call 250-861-7005, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Thanks!
AND … I’ll end this message with a joke:
“A farmer was milking his cow. He was just starting to get a good rhythm going when a bug flew into the barn and started circling his head. Suddenly, the bug flew into the cow’s ear. The farmer didn’t think much about it, until the bug squirted out into his bucket. It went in one ear and out the udder.”