Side a pork / beef/ lamb in YYC?
- Allenkii Sep 29, 2013 09:34 AM
Where do you get your meat in bulk? I have purchased side of beef, but would like to know where others buy and what they pay?
I am looking for good sources to get side a lamb and side a pork, as well as some chickens.
My side of beef is grass fed and finished. I also get pasture chickens from the same farm. BUT what are pigs and lambs intended to eat? Should I be looking for grass fed and finished pork and lamb as well?
When I was living in Calgary I used to get my bulk lamb directly from Big Sky Lamb (www.bigskylamb.com). The are still listed on the Alberta Lamb Producers website (http://www.albertalamb.ca/pdfs2012/Di...) but I can't seem to get to their website.
It has been about 4 years since I last ordered but I used to get half a lamb twice a year and was quite happy with both the quality and quantity of meat in each order.
Thank you, I will give them a call.
Any suggestions regarding pork farms? I know there are many around, but I cannot decide which one to go with. I got side a pork from Red Lake Butcher last year and I was not happy with it at all - the meat was rather chewy and tough, wrapping was no good (started getting freezer burned within 6 months, and they did not cut it to my specifications...
How about Spragg's (http://spraggsmeatshop.blogspot.ca) for -pork? I have never bought a side but their meat is great.
Where do you get your beef? We used to get BiteBeef but they are "done" (i.e. not producing for at least one year).
I will definitely look into Spragg's pork, maybe will grab a package at the farmers market to try it first.
Bowden's chickens are grain fed, so they are out for me and looks like Sunworksfarm is feeding grain as well :(
I get my beef and chickens at PuraVida beef, but would like to find several more farms
Oh sorry, and regarding finishing pigs and lamb: Pigs do eat everything, so I guess that's a little different. I would say free range is the goal here. Lamb, I am not 100% sure, but I would think grass fed.
Chickens are naturally eating grass and any insects, so I wouldn't go for grain fed/finished necessary but free range again.