Why choose one of Island Farm Foods Lambs?
The sheep that we rear graze on the luscious green pastures of the midlands near Ballycumber Co. Offaly all year round. The farm borders Clara Bog Nature Reserve and has been in the Cahill family for three generations. Our lambs are fit, healthy and happy!
Our spring lamb is now available and it has the fresh tender taste you expect from lamb grown is the most natural way possible. Our Lamb is a versatile and convenient meat that has a delicate, succulent taste and tenderness which comes from the varied and healthy diet of grasses, herbs.
It is important to us what our family eats and it should be to you too! If you choose an Island Farm Foods lamb you are eating the best quality Organic lamb and nothing else, no toxic residue from water injections and especially no chemicals. You are also supporting your local farmer and reducing your carbon footprint. All meat is “GM Free” and healthy. The land that the lambs graze on is untouched and uncultivated and free from fertilizers; therefore making the meat pure and also free range.
Benefits to you: In our grandparents day, you are aware of where your meat comes from and know exactly what you and your family are eating. Lamb is low in fat and high in protein and therefore the perfect health food.
Benefits to the animal The animal is conceived naturally without intervention, born outside as nature intended and reared by its mother. All animals remain outdoors and are naturally allowed to graze on lush herb infused Offaly land. Free range animals are healthier, happier and contribute to a greener, cleaner environment. By eliminating the butcher, distributor and supermarket/wholesaler we can provide you with the highest quality organic produce direct form our farm at very reasonable prices. It often surprises my customers when I point out that I am so competitive.
Our Organic lamb is delivered frozen but can be delivered fresh upon request.
Definition of Sheep
Lamb: A young sheep under 12 months of age which does not have any permanent incisor teeth in wear.
Hogget: A young male sheep or maiden ewe having no more than two permanent incisors in wear.
Mutton: A female (ewe) or castrated male sheep having more than two permanent incisors in wear.
All lambs are brought to the local abattoir in Banagher, Co Offaly. The less time the animal spends travelling the less stress it suffers. The meat is then hung and matured for 7-10 days to give maximum flavour and texture. It is then butchered, bagged, labelled and blast frozen. All produce is delivered to your door at a time that suits you or you can now call into our new farm shop. Full traceability is therefore guaranteed throughout the whole process from farm to fork.
We are members of the Department Of Agriculture Organic and Glas schemes, H.S.E. approved, Bord Bia approved, fully insured and certified Organic Trust members.
Lamb is an excellent source of high quality protein. As a result of improved breeding, and high quality butchering methods lamb fat has been greatly reduced in the past two decades. Lamb is an ideal source of iron. An average portion can provide 20% of the recommended daily intake for men and 12% for women (women need more iron than men). Iron found in lamb is in a form that is easily absorbed by the body. Iron in the diet is vital for the formation of red blood cells.
Lamb can provide 45% of the daily requirement of zinc, essential for growth, healing, and a healthy immune system. Like iron, the zinc found in lamb is more readily absorbed by the body than zinc found in other sources. Lamb is a great source of B vitamins, essential for metabolic reactions in the body. It can provide over 100% of the daily requirement of B12 and is a good source of thiamine. Lamb also contains trace elements such as copper, manganese and selenium.
Half the fat in lamb is unsaturated, which is good for you. Most of the unsaturated fat is monounsaturated, commonly found in the healthy ‘Mediterranean-type diet’.